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2008 Senior Survey
If you could change Samford's
current motto (For God, For
learning. Forever) to reflect your
personal experience, what would
What's the worst trend you have
seen come through Samford*
What is the one thing about your
college years that you did/saw
that you would rather die than
tell your parents*
What was the funniest experience
you've had in class*
-For graphic design, for suffering,
-Go big or go home!
-That I did the walk of shame.
-I don't want to die, so nothing.
-That all that money wasn't for
-Bribing teachers with cake to move
-When a girl passed out during her
speech in CA freshman year.
-Yelling out nicknames for private
parts in Human Sexuality.
What do you think will run
through your mind when you
cross the stage at graduation*
What organization/activity do
you wish you had taken part in*
-A lovely lady.
-Wow! This went by really fast!
-I can't believe it's over! Peace out!
What has been your most memo
rable experience with campus
Where's the best place to take a
What's your favorite restaurant in
-The time I got down on my knees
and begged them not to write me a
ticket when I caught them at my car.
-Being chased through Seibert at 2
a.m. while playing hide-and-seek.
They never caught me.
-Profcably cherisning the thoughtful
text messages that Director or
Campus Safety Bobby Breed sends,
warning that my life is in danger.
-To the top of Vulcan
-Jim N Nicks
Editor: Jessica Casto
Art Director: Austin Richardson
Photography Editor: Becky Ellenberger
Advisors: Sean Flynt, Donovan Harris, Caroline Summers
Section Editors: Amy Grace Roberson, Allyson Dewell, Ashlyn Stallings,
Val Kikkert, Rachel Bennett
Editorial Contributors: Haley Aaron, Libby Allen, Britney Almaguer, Carol Anne Autry, Caroline
Bell, Rachel Bennett, Matt Campbell, Jessica Casto, Megan Christians,
Jessica Cunningham, Allyson Dewell, Shannon Dille, Callan Donoho,
Ryan England, Calvin Fields, Jonathan Flowers, Sarah Gardner, Mary Nell
Hall, Hayden Hamrick, Ben Hankins, Emily Hart, Jordan Jarvis, Jackie
Jaszcz, Michelle Kelly, Val Kikkert, Rachel Long, Heather Mackey, Melissa
McBride, Kaitlin McCulley, Anna Pollock, Caroline Poole, Ryan Posniak,
Sallianne Prothro, Amy Grace Robertson, Matt Robertson, Sloan Schmitke,
Destiny Soria, Ashlyn Stallings, Matt Stamp, Cassaundra Stinson, Kylie
Swyden, Brittany Todd, Lindsey Vaughn, Kelli Winn and Ruth Woodall
Photo Contributors: Sarah Andrews, Allyson Dewel, Becky Ellenberger, Terra Garmin, Jordan
Jarvis, Jon Londeen, Valerie Macon, Megan Marr, Bob Miller, Kyle Myketa,
Jessica Sansom, Austin Richardson, Amy Grace Robertson, Stephen
Williams, and Killi Winn
Design Contributors: Austin Richardson and Laura Armstrong
Special Thanks: Andrew Westmoreland, Michael Morgan, Philip Poole, Jay Elmore, The
Samford Crimson and Zap Photography.
The staff of Entre Nous seeks to provide documentation of a year in the life of the Samford Community. To
us this means more than recounting events. We seek to capture the impressions the year left on students, faculty
staff and administration by moving beyond the events themselves to the way they affected and shaped us.
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Table Of Contents
Editor's Pictures 4
Contributor Pictures 6
Letters from the Editors 8
Welcome Back 14
Dorm Life 16
Weekend Events 18
Homecoming Court 22
Miss Samford 24
Beeson Ball 26
Lighting of the Way 28
Step Sing 30
Spring Fling 36
Crawfish Boil 38
Study Abroad 40
The World Goes Round 42
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 44
Die Fledermaus 46
10 Minute Play Festival 48
Twelfth Night 50
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 54
A Piece of My Heart 58
Year in Review 64
Lakeshore's 50th Anniversary 66
Campus Safety 70
Going Green 74
Students & Prayer 76
Why'd You Choose Samford £ 78
Brock School of Business 80
Famous People from Samford 82
Students in Birmingham Art & Film
Bubble Pop 86
Election 2008 88
Greek Weekend 92
PHC/ IFC Feature 94
Emily Hart's Rush Diary 96
Calvin Field's Rush Diary 98
What it Means to be Greek 100
Greek Superlatives 102
Parties of the Year 106
Alpha Delta Pi 110
Alpha Kappa Alpha 112
Alpha Omicron Pi 114
Chi Omega 116
ZetaTau Alpha 120
Lambda Chi Alpha 122
Pi Kappa Phi 124
Sigma Chi 126
Sigma Nu 128
Sigma Phi Epsilon 130
New Arena 134
Red Sea 136
Cross Country 146
Women's Soccer 150
Men's Soccer 152
Men's Basketball 154
Women's Basketball 158
Men's Golf 170
Women's Golf 172
Men's Tennis 174
Women's Tennis 176
Band & Color Guard 184
Dance Ensemble 186
Student Recruitment Team 190
University Ministries 192
Samford Ministries Choir 194
Bob Miller's Trip to Africa 196
Reformed University Fellowship 198
Gamma Sigma Sigma 200
Habitat for Humanity 202
College Democrats 206
College Republicans 207
Mock Trial & Debate Team 208
Gospel Choir 212
University Choral 213
Alpha Phi Omega 215
Graduate Photos 218
Photo y Editor
Amy Grace Robertson Allyson Dewell
Aspire Section Editor Reveal Section Editor
Pledqe Section Editor
Compete Section Editor
Connect Section Editor
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Writers! Libby Allen, Caroline Bell, Matt Campbell, Ryan England, Calvin Fields, Jonathan
Flowers, Sarah Gardner, Mary Nell Hall, Ben Hankins, Emily Hart, Jordan Jarvis, Jackie Jaszcz,
Michelle Kelly, Rachel Long, Heather Mackey, Melissa McBride, Kaitlin McCulley, Anna Pollock,
Caroline Poole, Ryan Posniak, Matt Robertson, Destiny Soria, Cassaundra Stinson, Kylie Swyden, and
Photographers: Sarah Andrews, Allyson Dewel, Becky Ellenberger, Terra
Garmin, Jordan Jarvis, Jon Londeen, Valerie Macon, Megan Marr, Bob Miller, Kyle
Myketa, Jessica Sansom, Austin Richardson, Amy Grace Robertson, Stephen Williams,
and Killi Winn
Designer: Laura Armstrong
Entre Nous: "Between us, For us, Forever."
That's what I'd change the motto to if there ac-
tually were a motto for Samford's student year-
book. I would bet that most of you didn't even
know we had a student yearbook (but we don't
bet at Samford, so I'll just hope that you did).
If you've sat in the nice, new, leather couches
in the food court, you've probably seen the last
two years' hardbacks sitting on the coffee table.
And hopefully, you've taken a minute or two to
peruse through the memories. That's really why
we put this thing together. So that years later,
when you happen upon your old, dusty college
yearbook, you'll take a glance at it and begin to
remember what it was like to be a Samford col-
lege student back in the day.
My hope is that each of you appear some-
where among these 248 pages. From freshmen
to seniors through athletes to Zeta's, we tried to
cover all the happenings of the 2007-08 school
year. Whether it be a Step Sing photo or an
article on politics, our goal was to capture stu-
dents' stories. The real life day-to-day instances
like standing in line at the caf, passing a friend
on the sidewalk or the smell of your dorm room
are some of the things you'll remember most.
Hopefully everything else you'll find in these
pages. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride down
memory lane, because these times in the bubble
(whether good or bad) are between us, for us,
The things I did this year are as follows
-Designing all but four pages of what you're holding
-Illustrating all throughout the book
-Photography for a good number of the pages you're about to look at.
I had my hand in every single page you're about to look through...
Connecting to a New Home
By Heather Mackey
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Austin Richardson
The Connections program is designed to welcome the
freshman class to Samford. It is all about allowing the new
class to become familiar with the university through different
events that have become a part of Samford's traditions. The
first week at Samford for freshmen includes Playfair, Dinner
on the Dirt, learning the lingo and making relationships with
other freshmen that will last the rest of their lives.
As the largest freshman class in Samford history pulled
onto campus August 22, 2007, around 100 eager Connection
leaders swarmed their cars to unload their belongings and
answer general questions. And then, the eventful week began
as the students joined a Connections group and started their
journey here at Samford.
Keighlee McCaslin, a freshman education major, said her
favorite part of Connections was Playfair. "I loved Playfair.
I met a lot of people, and I still talk to them. It was like a
funny, awkward party. ..I loved it," said McCaslin.
Playfair, a yearly tradition on Samford's campus, is led by
Carol Ann Freid, fully suited in spandex and accompanied by
a crazy bird whistle. Playfair forces people to participate in
outdoor activities and get-to-know-you-games that reach out
of students' comfort zones to help them meet other people in
a different manner.
Despite the crazy activities, McCaslin said she got quite a
bit out of the program. "Connections really helped me get to
know the school and where my classes were. After Connec-
tions, I knew I wouldn't get lost which was my biggest fear,"
said McCaslin. "Connections also helped explain a lot of the
rules and how Samford works."
This year, there were six orientation leaders, 80 Connec-
tions leaders and 12 senior Connections leaders. The senior
Connections leader position was a new role that created a
liaison between the orientation leaders and the Connections
leaders. Senior Connections leaders were seniors who had
served for the past two years in the program.
Connections leaders play an integral part in welcoming
the new freshmen to campus and making sure they under-
stand what campus life is about and how to navigate their
years here. Senior business major, Ross Thaxton, said, "My
favorite part about being a Connections leader was that I got
to make an impact on freshman students and hang out with
them one on one."
Thaxton also said, "I enjoyed watching the freshmen open
up during times like Playfair and the hoedown we had this
year, because it lets them act more like themselves." Essen-
tially, that's the whole point of Connections: to get freshmen
to feel comfortable enough to be themselves and to start con-
necting with their future best friends.
Welcome Back week was officially kicked
off with the last car unpacked, the final picture
hung and a quick goodbye to the parents. Start-
ing on August 24, students rushed on to Sam-
ford's campus to start the 2007-2008 school year.
The events of Welcome Back started in hopes for
a promising year with a new group of seniors to
soak in their last year, and a new group of fresh-
men to start their journey at Samford.
The Student Activities Council worked hard
all summer to have a week full of festivities, the
first being the annual Dinner on the Dirt. While
Dinner on the Dirt usually takes place on the
Quad, dark skies overhead caused students to
meet and greet in the caf.
"This was my last Dinner on the Dirt, so I
was a little disappointed it was inside. It was
harder to mingle and say hello to friends because
it was so crowded in there," said senior psychol-
ogy major Jillian Payne.
But that was only a minor setback, and the
Welcome Back activities moved on as Monday
rolled around. After a hectic day of class, stu-
dents were able to enjoy "Hey Days" and a dance
at Sloss Furnace.
"Hey Days was just kind of like 'Hey, what's
up<?- How you doingv' It didn't really work out
like we wanted to because people were confused
on what it was, but you got a free cup and soft
drinks," said senior physical education major and
member of SAC Jane Deeter.
The week ended with a Saturday trip to the
local theme park Alabama Adventure. "We had
a wonderful turnout for Alabama Adventure.
There was such hype about it last year that we
decided to do it again, and I am glad we did,"
"Going to Alabama Adventure was my
favorite party of Welcome Back," junior sports
medicine major Natalie Mayor said. "I got to ride
roller coasters with my friends, the perfect end
Welcome Back week has grown to be a stu-
dent favorite; in fact, many can't wait until next
year. "Welcome Back definitely helps with the
transition from summer into school, said junior
graphic art major Jessica Snow. "We go to class
in the morning and have fun activities at night.
SAC did a great job this year."
By Megan Christians
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Austin Richardson
Close to Home
By Caroline Bell
Photos: Becky Ellenberger and Austin Richardson
Spread: Austin Richardson
Living on campus can be quick and convenient when it comes to get-
ting around campus. Living on campus can also be a great way to stay con-
nected to people on campus and events on campus. There are many dorms
on campus that house the new students and the old.
When the school year begins, new students arrive on Samford's cam-
pus. These students, the freshmen, live in Lena Vail Davis and Mamie Mell
Smith. Vail and Smith are located in Central Campus and allow the new
students to be in the center of the campus life.
The freshmen girl's dorm, Vail holds most of the freshmen girls.
Though the rooms are small and the bathrooms communal, some people
feel that this living situation is a sacrifice that allows for growth and unity.
"I remember living in Vail. At times, I hated how small the rooms were
and how I didn't have my own bathroom, but really, I loved getting to
know everyone on my hall. You just bond when you're with that many
people who are experiencing such a new thing," said senior interior design
major Allie Duncan of her experience in Vail.
Freshmen boys are also offered the bonding opportunity by living in the
freshmen boy's dorm, Smith. Smith offers suite style dorms and the same
great bonding experience as Vail.
Upper classman at Samford have two choices for housing. They can
either live in West Campus or in Beeson Woods. Samford offers Sorority
and Fraternity dorm housing in West Campus. Members of designated
Greek organizations are offered the opportunity to live in a house that is
dorm style with members of their own organization.
"It is great living with people that are in your same organization; it just
offers a deeper way to bond," said sophomore Kaylee Hayworth. "It is fun
just to be in a dorm, and it is great being in a Greek organization. Living in
Greek housing combines the both."
Samford also offers housing for upper classmen in Beeson Woods. These
dorms are more spacious and offer a suite style room. Each suite is set up
with a common room and kitchenette.
"I loved living in Beeson. It was almost like living in an apartment ex-
cept without all the maintenance. I still had my roommate, but there was
so much more room to live and move. Beeson is great," said senior Rachel
Richardson of her experience in Beeson Woods.
Samford's campus is small and intimate, and the same feel was given
with the design of housing. Samford takes great care in ensuring that each
student has a comfortable and fun place to live. Whether it is by hall activi-
ties in Vail and Smith, Greek bonding in West Campus, or the "suite" life
in Beeson Woods, there is a housing arrangement to match every student's
desired dorm life.
Places Students Han,
By Caroline Bell
Photos: and Spread: Austin Richardson
Samford offers students the invitation to get to know the city around them, Birmingham. This city is exciting and dif-
ferent, and it offers many fun and exciting ways to hangout with friends whether it be at a fun concert, bar or restaurant,
Birmingham has something for everyone.
Sophomore Kaylee Hayworth commented on her favorite place in Birmingham. "I love Rojo. It is so different. 1 love the
atmosphere, and they have such a variety of food."
Rojo, centered off of Highland Avenue, offers an eclectic atmosphere as well as a diverse menu. Dishes range from hamburg
ers to quesadillas. "It's a great place to go with
friends before a party or event because you can
rent out their party room and stuff as many
people as you want in there," Hayworth said.
Rojo offers a fun atmosphere for students
of all ages looking for food and entertainment,
but for students 21 and up, there are some great
places around town that attract many Samford
"Twist and Shout is really fun; It's just real
laid back. You can buy a drink and just listen to
the piano," senior Bethany Harrison said of this
new bar located in Five Points. Twist and Shout
is a piano bar, but not just any old piano bar;
"The bar tender plays songs by Britney Spears
and Madonna. It's quite entertaining," Harrison
Even if your not 21 and in the mood to hear
some good tunes, WorkPlay Theatre is a venue
offering concerts open to all ages. "I always look
on WorkPlay 's website to see what's coming up.
Sometimes they will have really low key artists,
or a big name performer," senior Rachel Richard-
WorkPlay offers a concert setting where
friends can gather to hear there favorite bands
play or perhaps, try out a new sound. "I just
saw Hanson play there; it was amazing! I am so
glad we have this venue here," Richardson said.
These are just a few of the cool places
Birmingham offers Samford students, there is
so much more to see and do in this city. From
art museums to Broadway plays at the BJCC,
Birmingham offers something for everyone. So
get out there and find it!
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SamforcTs 50th Homecoming
By Megan Christians
Photos and Spread Austin Richardson
Whether you are a current student, pro-
spective student or alumnus, homecoming has
something to entertain everyone, and this year
was no exception.
The year 2007 marked the 50 th anniversary of
Samford's Homewood campus and the opening
of the new Pete Hanna Center. Alumna Kimberly
Roads and Karen Fairchild from the country
musicgroup Little Big Town performed in the
Hanna Center Saturday night.
"The concert was awesome," junior cheer-
leader Brittany Tedford said. "It was really cool
to watch Little Big Town and think 'I went to
the same college as them.'"
The official kick-off to the festivities came
Friday night with the annual bonfire.
"We were very pleased with the bonfire turn-
out," senior education major and Homecoming
Chair Niki Champan said. "The parking lot was
completely packed; just what we wanted to see."
Saturday's events included a hot air balloon
ride, tailgatmg on the quad and a parade.
"The parade was my favorite part," sopho-
more education major Carter Chambliss said.
"I was in charge of Alpha Omicron Pi's float
this year. We worked really hard as I am sure ev-
eryone else did. I think all the floats looked great
and the crowd loved it."
Of course, no homecoming is complete with-
out a Homecoming Court. Seniors Ellen Donze
and Jason Morales were crowned king and queen
during halftime of the football game. Ten other
students were voted as class representatives.
"It was a complete surprise to be nominated
in the first place, and an even bigger shock to
be on the court," sophomore nursing major Elle
Martin said. "It really was such an honor, and
a true privilege to be able to represent my class
during Homecoming. The court had a lot of fun
together and it was wonderful participating in
all of the homecoming events."
Although the football game did not turn out
like Bulldog fans would have liked, with a loss
to Austin Peay, this year's Homecoming will
certainly go down as one for the history books.
By Megan Christians
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Austin Bichardson
The band finished playing and the
stands got quiet as the Homecoming
court was presented on the 50 yard line
during halftime of the Homecoming
After a few seconds of anticipation,
senior journalism/mass communica-
tions major Jason Morales and senior re-
ligion major Ellen Donze were crowned
king and queen.
"I was so honored to be chosen as
Homecoming queen," Donze said. "It
was a complete surprise."
Members of the court are chosen
by their peers; then the whole campus
is open to vote on who they want to
represent each class.
"It was a complete surprise to be
nominated the first time, and an even
bigger shock to be on court." sophomore
nursing major Elle Martin said. "It really
was such an honor, and a true privilege
to be able to represent my class during
Each class representative partici-
pates in the annual homecoming parade
and is individually presented during the
"The court had a lot of fun together,
and it was wonderful participating in
all of the homecoming events," Martin
"I enjoyed each member of the
court," senior Homecoming chair Niki
Chapman said. "They each performed
their duties nicely, looked great and had
a good time being out there."
Members of the Court:
Seniors: Jason Morales (King) and Christina
Cesler, Cam Rogers and Ellen Donze (Queen), Nate
Stenstrom and Mary Catherine Stone.
Juniors: Rocky Ailing and Susan MacFarland
Sophomores: Alex Hugenard and Elle Martin
Freshmen: Hugh Smith and Jenna Tanner
Miss Samford 2008
By Michelle Kelly
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Austin Richardson
On November 9, 2007, after an evening full of glitz, glam-
our and excitement, sophomore Amanda Tapley was named
Miss Samford 2008.
Tapley, a piano performance and pre-medicine major from
Birmingham, competed against eight other women in the
scholarship pageant. Tapley also won the talent award for
her piano performance of the third movement from Tschai-
kowsky's Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor. Her talent on the
piano went hand-in-hand with her pageant platform, "Music
for a Cure." Part of her duties as a representative of Samford
University will include competing in the Miss Alabama pag-
eant in June.
"It is such an honor to represent this wonderful university
as Miss Samford University," said Tapley. "This opportunity
has opened so many doors for me. The experience I gain will
further prepare me for my future."
Tapley is also looking forward to the next year and serving
through her platform. "I will be speaking and performing at
schools and churches as well as promoting my platform, a
fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I am so
grateful for this incredible experience and will represent Sam-
ford University to the very best of my ability" said Tapley.
Katie Robertson, a senior from Atlanta. GA. was first run-
ner-up, and Susan Hamm, a freshman from Thorsby AL, was
named second runner-up. Other contestants were freshmen
Jenna Tanner and Morgan Hall; sophomore Lydia Hignite;
and juniors Amber Duke and Elizabeth Fuller. All contestants
were scored on Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, Evening Wear
and On-Stage Question by a panel of five judges.
The theme of the night was Timeless, and entertainment
was provided by not only the contestants, but their escorts
as well. Miss Samford 2007 Jessica Terry performed a piano
selection and was given the opportunity to say her farewell
before crowning Tapley. Realizing that she had no bobby pins
after Tapley 's name was called as the winner, the resourceful
Terry used bobby pins from her own head to crown the new
The Miss Samford program is a long standing tradition of
excellence, with several of the winners going on to win Miss
Alabama and even Miss America. One such Miss Samford
was Miss Alabama 2000, Jana Sanderson McEachern. who
emceed this year along with Samford senior Caudill Miller.
The pageant's directors were Ashley Oliver, a sophomore
elementary education major, and Morgan Welty, a sophomore
Megan Christians, a junior journalism/mass communica-
tions major, enjoyed this year's pageant just as much as she
has the past two years. "I thought that all the girls did a won-
derful job and were very qualified. Amanda was especially
great, and I am sure she will do a great job as Miss Samford."
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By Kelli Winn
Photos: Courtesy of Beeson Ball Attendees
Spread: Austin Blchardson
"I'll be seeing you" was the theme for this year's
Beeson Ball. Residents of Beeson Woods look forward to
this event every year, put on their best dancing shoes and
get all dolled up for a night of glitz and glamour.
Residence Life Educator for Beeson, Kacey Cole esti-
mated that 278 guests attended the Beeson Ball this year.
The event was sponsored by Beeson Woods Residence
Life who began planning early in August to put together
the special evening. The entire RA staff of Beeson began
brainstorming and discussing the plans during their first
week of training. The process was overseen by Cole and
the senior staff: Jacob Simmons, Ashlie Chaniott and
James Blackburn. Cole says that she has complete trust in
her staff's event-organizing skills. "They do such a great
job with planning that my job as their supervisor is not
stressful, and I am able to go and enjoy the event as much
as they are."
This was the 4 th annual Beeson Ball. It originally began
in 2004 and was held downtown at the Harbert Center for
the first two years. They began having the event at Vulcan
Park after Cole became RLE for Beeson, which was where
it was held this year. Many students, like sophomore Em-
ily Ray liked having the ball at Vulcan. "It's a unique place
and it has so much history," said Ray. "Vulcan is a symbol
of Birmingham and it's neat for Samford students to be
able to connect with the city in that way."
It's not just the history that's attractive about Vulcan,
it's the view. The park provides a stunning lookout over
downtown, which makes for a romantic night. "The city
lights are really pretty," Ray said. "It's kind of romantic
and its fun to get pictures made."
While some preferred the view of the city outside,
others got a chance to show off their dancing skills inside.
What ball would be complete without musicv Guests
danced to tunes fresh from the DJ and took pictures in
front of a prom-reminiscent background set up by Jacob
Simmons, Beeson Woods Resident Manager.
"The entirety of Beeson Ball was great, but one of my
favorite parts was definitely watching people take pictures,
both cute and funny, in front of the photo area," Cole said.
"Ultimately though, the best part was the fact that wc put
together a great event that people enjoyed and also know-
ing that my staff did an amazing job."
This year's Beeson Ball was definitely a success. Un-
doubtedly, we'll be seeing this tradition continue for many
years to come.
Deck the Way and Light the Tree
By Amy Grace Robertson
Photos: Jordan Jams and Austin Richardson
Spread: Austin Richardson
Each year, many events take place on Samford's campus to celebrate
Christmas. One of the richest traditions is Lighting of the Way, which
takes place on Centennial Way. Every year when the Christmas season
approaches, the paths of the quad throughout the entire campus are lined
with white bags that each holds a candle. On the evening of Lighting of
the Way, all the candles are illuminated and the campus is transformed
into a magical space filled with prayers and caroling in anticipation for the
moment when the big Christmas tree is be lit.
The Student Government Association hosts the event every year as
a welcome party for the Christmas season. "I love Lighting of the Way
because it is a great way for me to get into the Christmas spirit." said
junior nursing major Amanda Duckworth. "Sometimes I think we all just
get caught up in upcoming exams, getting back home and saying goodbye
to friends for the break that we forget the beauty of the holiday that is ap-
proaching. Lighting of the Way helps me remember my real focus should
always be on Christ."
The University Ministries choir and Dr. Westmoreland carry the
evening through singing and the reading of the Bible story of the birth of
Christ. By the end of the story, the Christmas tree is lit and spectators
view the majesty of the bright lights that surround them and the campus
as they reflect on the true reason for their celebration of the season.
After the lighting of the tree, everyone moves to A. H. Reid Chapel for
another celebration called Hanging of the Green. This particular part of
the evening has been a part of the Samford tradition for nearly 30 years.
University Chorale opens the ceremony that honors 12 seniors who
have been nominated for the event by faculty, staff and campus organiza-
tions. They are meant to represent Jesus' 12 disciples. These seniors are
picked for their outstanding contributions to Samford through service,
leadership and Christian discipleship.
Each part of Hanging of the Green combines to tell a piece of the
Christmas story. The ceremony is divided into six parts: The Advent
Wreath, The Wreaths and Garlands, The Holly and Ivy, The Candles, The
Crimson Tree and The Light. As the ceremony concludes, each of the 12
honorees passes the light from the Hope candle to the crowd to symbolize
the need to pass on the hope of Christ from our lives to others.
Melanie Webber, a sophomore nutrition major, said. "Lighting of the
Way and Hanging of the Green are my favorite Samford traditions because
they convey the Christmas story in such unique ways that make you really
appreciate the season and the hope behind the story of Christ coming to
save us all."
Step Sing 2008
by Michelle Kelly
Photos: Becky Ellenberger, Stephen Williams and Bob Miller
Spread Austin Richardson
After months of planning, weeks of practicing, thousands of tickets sold and 50 dancing disciples, Samford's Step Sing 2008
ended with the coveted Sweepstakes trophy being awarded to the brothers of Sigma Chi.
Held in the Leslie S. Wright Center on February 14, 15 and 16, Step Sing was completely student planned and produced
right down to the sound and lighting. Co-directors Peggy Morris and Lee Sullivan led this year's Step Sing committee. Planning
for the show started in November and was completely operated without a Samford budget.
"Since we get no money from Samford, all the money we make goes towards expenses for the show. We just hope to break
even at the end," said Morris, a senior studying sociology and family studies. This year's show made a lot of money due to the
fact that all three performances were completely sold out, a first in Step Sing history according to Morris.
Sigma Chi took home the awards for the judges' and participants' choice for Best Music in addition to the biggest
award of the night with their show "The Original Fraternity," complete with rap music, biblical dress and fake beards. The
brothers claim the inspiration for their show came from an editorial in the Samford Crimson asking whether or not Jesus
would have been in a fraternity. According to directors Todd Oakley and Christian Corts, Jesus was in a fraternity, better
known as the twelve disciples.
Whether or not they convinced everyone of their argument is uncertain, but the audience certainly laughed throughout
their entire show that included a rap portrayal of Peter walking on water set to the rap song "Walk it Out." They also per-
formed a gospel style routine of the song "Joyful, Joyful" which included everything from the gates of Heaven to the Book of
Life. Despite being a clear fan favorite, the brothers of Sigma Chi were
still surprised to win. "For me, it was a relief that the time we put into the
show was worth it," said the show's choreographer, junior business major
Matt Mogle. "Not many guys expected to win sweepstakes."
First runner-up was awarded to defending champions Dudes-A-Plenty
for their show "Magic," which told the story of a magician attempting to
impress a girl, but was thwarted by the failure of his tricks. Co-director
and senior English major Jay Lasater said that the inspiration for all of their
shows come from things little boys like. Magic was yet another fun theme
to follow their previous shows based on monsters, robots and pirates. Ap-
parently, their choices of themes are favorites of more than just little boys.
Dudes-A-Plenty has either won Sweepstakes or first runner-up since their
conception in 2005.
Lasater was proud of the show they put together this year. "Even
though we didn't win, we did do two things that a Step Sing stage has
never seen. We levitated an emo-rap Harry Potter and had an onstage kiss. I
call that a success," he said.
Second runner-up went to the sisters of Phi Mu whose show "Se7en"
was definitely out of the box, featuring songs about the seven deadly sins.
The completely family- friendly show also won the judges' award for excel-
lence in theme and the participants' choice awards for Best Overall and
Best Choreography. "We got to display so many types of different per-
sonalities; we got to be prideful, flirty and mad," said Director and senior
journalism and mass communications major Maegan Wilson. "It made it
so much more fun to perform."
The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi won the judges' award for excellence
in choreography and the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi won the participants'
choice for Best Costume. All of the Step Sing participants collected money
for this year's philanthropy, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Commu-
nity Service Award for the most money raised went to the sisters of Alpha
Omicron Pi. "Its always an honor to win the service award. We love that
Step Sing is not only fun and entertaining, but also brings awareness and
provides funding for a disease that has touched many lives as Samford,"
said AOPi President Megan Christians. Other 2008 show participants
included two freshman ladies groups, Zeta Tau Alpha, Lambda Chi, Inde-
pendent Ladies, Chi Omega and this year's only co-ed show, University
At the end of the evening Sigma Chi may have left with the title and
the trophy, but all the Step Sing participants left with a tiredness after
three weeks of hard work and the lingering exhilaration that only comes
from performing on stage in front of a live audience. "I've been in Zeta's
Step Sing shows since my freshman year and for me, the third time was
just as great as the first," said junior journalism and mass communications
major Grace Stephens. "I'll be back next year and I can't wait."
Step Sing 2008 Winners
Sweepstakes- Sigma Chi
2nd Runner Up-Phi Mu
Judges Awards- ALpha Delta Pi
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Best Costumes- Pi Kappa Phi
Augustana Highlights Spring Fling
By Michelle Kelly
Photos: Terra G arm in and Allyson Dewell
Spread: Austin Richardson
The stretch of school between spring break and summer vacation can sometimes seem never-end-
ing. Thankfully, several events were planned as part of Spring Fling this year to keep up the spirits of
Spring Fling was held from Thursday April 24 to Saturday April 26 and was planned by the
Student Activities Council and the Office of Student Involvement. An array of events from free snow
cones in Ben Brown Plaza to a spring scrimmage game for the Samford football team were included
in the three days of fun. The most talked about event was easily the Augustana concert held Friday
night in the Wright Center. The alternative rock band released their debut CD in 2003 and has gained
a lot of recognition with their single "Boston."
The Student Activities Council is hoping to continue to bring bands to Samford and with the
more that come, the better the chances of getting more big-name performers in the future. "It is al-
ways exciting to have people of this caliber come and perform," SGA Vice President of Programming
Lee Ross said.
All in all, Spring Fling was a welcome break from the pressure of the weeks leading up to finals,
and the Augustana concert was a break from the usual entertainment in the "Samford bubble." "I
was excited when I heard Augustana was coming to Samford. It's really a treat when a big band
comes here, considering I still have to tell people Samford, not Stanford," said junior nursing major
By Heather Mackey
Photos, Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson
Students flocked down to the baseball field on a hot Sat-
urday afternoon to enjoy good food, good friends and to sup-
port the Samford baseball team at this year's Crawfish Boil.
The girls were in comfortable dresses, the guys were excited
about free food and everyone was working on their tan. The
baseball team took on Morehead State in a doubleheader with
a large fan base to push them to victory.
The Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and
SGA sponsored the Crawfish Boil. The event always brings
an eager crowd of hungry students who enjoy getting a little
messy to enjoy the fun Samford baseball tradition.
Seniors, Kristen Chafin and Jessica Lambert went to enjoy
some quality roommate time and get a little dirty, all for the
sake of the Crawfish Boil. "The crawfish are messy and a lot
of work for a small amount of food, but the tradition makes
it worth the work for some food and to come enjoy this time
with others," Chafin said. "This gives me a chance to get out
and visit with friends and enjoy the nice weather outside. The
Crawfish boil has a great atmosphere and is really enjoyable
Lambert agreed and says her favorite part of the Crawfish
Boil is how so many people come out for the event. "Ev-
erywhere you look around the field and in the stands, there
are tons of people. It makes for a great afternoon to enjoy
everyone's company and cheer on the team," Lambert said.
"This way the team can really feel a large crowd behind them
cheering them on.'"
Another exciting fact to this year's Crawfish Boil was that
Liberty SU, Samford's new live bulldog, made her first appear-
ance before the game started. Samford athletics will call her
Libby SU, as in SU for Samford University. She is a five-year-
old bulldog. Senior Gavin Mayo thinks she will be a great
addition to the Samford athletics program.
Born in the USA"
Photos: Amy Grace Robertson and Kelli Winn
Spread: Austin Richardson
Here at Samford, we are fortunate to have such a plethora
of study abroad opportunities. There are so many options
to choose from, it is hard to decide where to spend your Jan-
Term, summer or semester if you choose to leave the campus.
Students can decide between London, Costa Rica, Spain,
France, Germany, Italy, Belize or Tanzania.
I've been lucky enough to travel to two of Samford's most
popular study abroad destinations: Spain and London. I spent
five weeks in Spain in the summer of 2007 and two weeks
in the Daniel House in London during Jan-Term 2008. They
were both wonderful and equally exhilarating in their own
ways, and I know that I will carry both of those experiences
with me even after my years here at Samford.
Spain was actually my first experience with leaving the
country. As I was boarding the plane from Atlanta to Madrid.
I found myself having feelings of both nervousness and excite-
ment all rolled into one. One of my greatest wishes in life has
always been to travel as much as I can and experience and
see what the world has to offer. The realization that I was
embarking on my first overseas venture was a very strange
feeling; I guess it's what most of us felt when we came to col-
lege. Going somewhere new is not always easy, but we have
to give ourselves a chance to write a new chapter.
After arriving in Madrid, my roommate. Amy Grace
Robertson, and I were introduced to our "madre," the Spanish
woman that we were to spend the next month living with.
As the three of us were all cramming into the back seat of a
taxi cab, I heard a familiar voice. It was Bruce Springsteen!
The cab driver was listening to "Born in the USA." It was a
little ironic, and, I must say, a little comforting.
I spent my first week adjusting to the new culture and
trying to speak a foreign language in which I was only embar-
rassingly mediocre. Let's just say that I wasn't at the "ad-
vanced" Spanish-speaking level. But as I was told, my Spanish
improved a great deal while in Spain: something that I am
very thankful for.
After spending four weeks in Madrid. I started to realize
how comfortable I was feeling with my surroundings. Every-
thing felt very familiar to me. My "madre" began to feel like
a grandmother to me, and my room started to feel like "my
room." I wasn't sure how it had happened, but somewhere
along the line, Spain had begun to feel like "home."
Leaving Madrid to embark on our week long tour of
Southern Spain was very bittersweet. I was excited for a
new adventure, but a little sad to be leaving the city that I
had become so comfortable with. I must say, the tour south
turned out to be the best trip that I'd ever taken. We traveled
to a different city everyday, stopping off at some of Spain's
most historic and beautiful cities including Granada, Segovia,
Seville, Torremolinos and probably the most memorable for
me, Gibraltar, where a monkey actually climbed on my head!
After returning home from Spain, I began planning
my next study abroad adventure. Where would I go next 1 ?
London, of course! I had heard nothing but wonderful things
about the London program and the Daniel House. After ar-
riving, I found all of those wonderful things to be true. I took
the appreciation class while in London for Jan-Term. There
was a lot of walking and visiting museums and theatres and
not a whole lot of free time. Regardless, I loved every single
minute of it all. It was basically a two week crash course
in London culture, theatre and art. I learned so much while
in London. I even developed a new appreciation for what is
now my favorite style of painting: Impressionism. My new
favorite artist of all time is Claude Monet. I had heard of him
several times before, but actually standing with my nose two
feet away from some of his greatest works really opened my
eyes. I had become a full fledged "art lover" standing frozen,
staring in the middle of the Courtauld Gallery in London.
The artwork was just a portion of the beauty of London.
Everywhere I looked, I saw a building or a park that took my
breath away. The city is full of antique beauty with a lot of
modern architecture. Some people joke because they say the
city is kind of "mismatched" in a way. I liked the mix of styles
though. Something I really admire about the historic city is
that it has just moved forward with the rest of the world
without losing sight of what it was before.
The theatre was probably my favorite part of London.
Being a theatre major, I was in absolute heaven! London is the
theatre capital of the world and rightly so. I saw some of the
best productions I have ever seen there. I couldn't believe how
fantastic it was. My roommate, Allison Lott, and I made a
vow to see as much theatre as possible while we were there. I
think we went to see a show every single night.
On our free weekend, we decided to do what any good
tourist in London would do: visit Abbey Road and take the
infamous "Beatles" picture, something my longtime Beatles-
loving father was very happy about. It took a lot of work to
dodge the cars and we were almost hit several times, but we
finally got the perfect picture. That day definitely went down
in my book as what I call a "live over" day: one of those days
that are so great, you wish you could live it all over again.
My study abroad experiences with Samford were full of
so many of those great days that I know I will never forget.
I wish I could share them all, but those kinds of stories are
never as great if you don't actually live them yourself. That's
why I highly encourage everyone to participate in at least one
of the many study abroad programs offered while at Samford.
Let yourself go and make your own adventures and most of
all, don't be afraid to give yourself the chance to write a new
chapter. Safe travels everyone!
The World Goes Round
Photos: Courtesy of Theatre Department
Spread: Austin Richardson
The World Goes Round... that was the theme for six Samford students
as their world revolved around rehearsals for The World Goes Round, a musi-
cal review of John Kander and Fred Ebb songs.
Matt Andrews, Jeff Caulk, Ryan Ford, Rachel Holland, Caitlin Huie and
Natalie Saxon were all cast in the show in December 2006. They rehearsed
once a week for the entire 2007 spring semester with the director, Dr. G.
William Bugg. Each of the cast members took it upon themselves to memo-
rize the music over the summer before coming back to Samford. They then
had two weeks of rehearsal to learn all of the choreography before opening
night, with fellow cast member, Caitlin Huie, serving as choreographer.
Even though it was a short amount of time to put a show together,
Huie said she had complete confidence in her peers. "It was hectic, but
working under and with diligent professionals assured me the show would
reach its full potential."
Andrews said that he appreciated the short rehearsal time because it
provided him with a real world experience. "I thought this short period of
practice was a positive thing because it didn't interfere with classes that
much, and it gave us the real Broadway experience of learning a show in
about three weeks." They did put together quite an entertaining show.
It looked as though they had been rehearsing for months, not just a few
The show consisted of 25 different songs written by Kander and Ebb,
the famous musical theatre duo. Kander and Ebb first collaborated in the
1960's, and their show tunes are still widely popular today. The World Goes
Round is a tribute to the duo that wrote such classic songs as "New York.
New York" and "Cabaret." "Their music is catchy and fun while also being
moving and deep," Saxon said. "The show encompasses the range of emo-
tions that one experiences throughout life."
Indeed it did. The show depicted everything from falling in love to get-
ting your heart broken, from the happiest of times to the lowest of times
in life; all the while still letting you know that "the world goes 'round," no
matter what comes your way.
The show was a great hit with audience members, but cast members
like Caulk acknowledge that it wouldn't have been as successful with-
out those behind the scenes. "I was continuously impressed by my peers
performing on the stage and those working off the stage," said Caulk. "The
show could not have been as successful as it was without their technical
Cast members said that the performance was not the only fun aspect
of being in the show. Huie admitted that even the rehearsals were excit-
ing. "We had a blast at every rehearsal." She accredits much of that to the
director, Dr. Bugg.
The show ran for two nights, but that is not a reflection on how long
this show will be remembered. It was a favorite of many and leaves them
looking forward to more entertaining musical reviews in the future.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
By Amy Grace Robertson
Photos: Courtesy of the Theatre Department
Spread: Austin Richardson
Samford University Theatre presented One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest based on the 1962 novel by
Ken Kesey. The Broadway production ran from 1962 until 1964 and was directed by Dale Wasser-
man. It began running off-Broadway in 1971 and returned in 2001. In 1976, Jack Nicholson starred
as one of the main characters, Randal Patrick McMurphy in the film version directed by Milos For-
man. The film received five Oscars.
The play focuses on residents of an insane asylum that resides under the strict control of Nurse
Ratched played by junior theatre major Annie Hackney. However, a rebel character named Randal
McMurphy steps onto the scene. Senior theatre major John Cooley played McMurphy.
"He is pretty much a low life. He doesn't have a job, spends all of his time drinking, gambling,
getting into fights and hanging around with prostitutes. He spends a lot of time in and out of jail
and work farms," Cooley said.
McMurphy went into the asylum assuming his life would be easier. Not long after his arrival at
the institution, he developed relationships with the other patients. He soon began to influence the
other residents to stand up for themselves against Nurse Ratched. The narrator of the play, Chief
Bromden, the son of a Columbia Indians Chief was played by senior theatre major Matt Godfrey.
The cast of the show experienced a rare luxury with rehearsal time. Instead of a short amount of
time, they were given eight weeks to bring the production together.
"Practicing for eight weeks really made a difference, especially for this performance. Everybody
had the opportunity to become really comfortable with their characters," said junior theatre major
Kelli Winn. It was not just the eight weeks that made the production such a success. "The director,
Brad Roller did such a great job with making us understand our characters," said Winn. "He did all of
these cool exercises with us where we had to react to situations as our characters would. I remem-
ber this one where he had us move around the stage according to the personalities of our characters.
Mine was shy and timid so I had to express that in how I walked. It really helped me explore my
character, Nurse Flinn."
The eight weeks also provided the cast members who were patients, Neal Tucker, Rush Brunson,
Jordan Bondurant, Paul Lance, Bill Camp and Cody Hays, the chance to develop their characters.
Each of the patients came up with their own ticks and problems. The actors were allowed to create a
personality and handicap for their character.
"Everybody brought so much to the table and it was really cool to see how everyone grew
throughout the entire production," said Winn. "It didn't matter whether you were in the play or
helping on set; being in the environment was an amazing opportunity to enhance your skills and
Not only was the show fun for the actors, it was great for the audience as well. "I can't believe
how funny the play turned out to be. They took a really serious subject and made it interesting and
light-hearted, all-the-while appealing to the emotional side of mental illnesses," said junior history
major Katie Slade.
Director and senior theatre major Brad Roller said, "We sympathize with the patients, understand
their plight... The story is relatable to us all, because at some point in our lives, we have all had to
decide — do we apologize when it wasn't our fault, argue with the boss when we know we are right
or accept the blame for the good of the groupi This incredible tale has spoken to me for many years.
After experiencing three formats of the story — reading the novel, watching the film and seeing the
stage performance — I knew this play must be shown."
It was Roller's idea and senior project to produce Cuckoo's Nest at Samford.
A Night at the Opera:
Die Fledermaus' Samford Debut
By Jordan Jarvis
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Austin Richardson
Die Fledermaus premiered in Samford University's Har-
rison Theatre in Swearingen Hall Thursday, November 15
through Sunday, November 19. Die Fledermaus, a Vien-
nese operetta, was an outlet not only for the Samford and
Birmingham community to enjoy a night at the opera, but
also gave Samford students and alumni an opportunity to
showcase their theatrical and musical talent.
Composed by Johann Strauss, Die Fledermaus presented a
lighthearted operetta in the midst of the more complex and
cynical operas of its day. Set during the 1890's in Vienna, Die
Fledermaus, full of wit and deception, was told in three rivet-
ing acts with two intermissions. In the first act, viewers were
met with the delightful sound of a live orchestra composed
of Samford students who played everything from violins to a
piccolo. The audience was then introduced to the character
of Adele, a chambermaid who would love nothing more than
to be a wealthy actress and was played in a double-cast role
by Lydia Myers and Haley Longino.
Longino, a junior vocal performance major, said, "The fact
that the show was double cast was very unique and enjoy-
able. It was fun to see how a character can be approached in
different ways. I have also never been in a big opera produc-
tion like Die Fledermaus, and it was a wonderful experience."
Adele's character was marked by witty schemes to attend
Prince Orlofsky's masked ball with her sister Sally double
cast as Britta Lmdborg and Sadie Frazier, borrow an evening
gown without her mistress knowing, conceal her identity
behind a mask so as not to be caught by her boss and keep up
her faux identity as a rising star by singing so skillfully and
elegantly that even the tough Prince Orlofsky, double-cast as
Jenny Wiggins and Lindsey Denton, was charmed.
Adele's mistress, Rosalinda, double casted as Caitlin Huie
and Samantha Chambers, found herself in a tangled love
triangle. Though she was married to the wealthy Gabrielle
Eisenstein, Rosalinda finds her heart torn between the attrac-
tiveness of an old lover Alfred, who is played by Ryan Ford,
and his well-sung tenor notes and staying devoted to her dear
Gabrielle who is about to serve a short jail sentence. Alfred
was eventually mistaken as Rosalinda's husband by the jail
warden Frank, played by Jeffery Caulk, and is forced to serve
Gabrielle's jail sentence.
Chambers, a senior musical theatre major, who played
the role of Rosalinda in the Friday and Sunday showings.
said, "Die Fledermaus was unique for me, as it was the first
full-length opera that I've done at Samford. I'm used to do-
ing strictly musicals, apart from the opera scenes that we do
each year. It was surprising just how exhausting it is to keep
up such a physically and vocally demanding role. The show
was also double-cast, which was a new experience, but my
counter-part, Caitlin Huie was a real pleasure to work with."
Rosalinda ultimately remains faithful to her husband,
refusing Alfred's romantic advances, only to find out her hus-
band's lying, womanizing nature through her attendance to
Prince Orlofsky's masked ball, in which she disguises herself
as a Hungarian countess. Rosalinda's dramatic nature and
constant high and lows in her mood reflected the amazing
range in her operatic voice as well.
Rosalinda's husband, Gabrielle Eisenstein, was played by
Samford alumnus and current graduate student Bob Becklean,
who is pursuing a masters in church music. Concerning Die
Fledermaus, Becklean said, "I loved working with the cast and
crew throughout the show. I was able to learn so much about
performing in Opera that I never would have been able to do.
Also the audiences and actually performing has always been a
passion of mine, so you can't go wrong there."
As the story opens, Gabrielle is in great distress and
frustration because he has to serve a lengthy jail sentence for
civil disobedience and blames the prolonged sentence on his
lawyer Blind, played by Ragan Deal. Gabrielle is visited by an
old friend, Dr. Falke played by Daniel Banke, and is convinced
to lie to Rosalinda and leave the house to supposedly go to jail
when he is actually going to attend Prince Orlofsky's masked
ball, where Gabrielle is promised to find beautiful, young
women galore. As Gabrielle attends the great ball under a
fake name and meets the great Prince Orlofsky, Gabrielle
eventually meets a Hungarian countess, which is actually his
wife Rosalinda, and tries to woo her.
The ball is full of beautifully clad guests composed of a
chorus of Samford students, who drink champagne and toast
to happy times as they dance the night away. At six that fol-
lowing morning, Gabrielle goes to the jail only to find another
man, Alfred, in his place and becomes infuriated the man was
found in the Eisenstein home with Rosalinda's consent.
At Die Fledermaus' end, all deception is unveiled by Dr. Fal-
ke who actually set the entire scheme up himself in order to
repay Gabrielle Eisenstein for a practical joke played on Falke
years ago, identifying himself as "The Bat." Banke's wit and
impressive voice displayed his hard work and practice. Banke
said, "Any time I do any kind of stage work, I get the sense
that I am doing something much bigger than myself. Die
Fledermaus is an operetta which has been performed by many
great people, and I felt the need to invest as much of myself
in it as possible so as to continue the tradition." Prince Or-
lofsky's entire party, the warden Frank and his drunken jailer
Frosch, played by Alan Taylor, attend the jail with champagne
as Rosalinda and Gabrielle resolve their hurts.
Many Samford students and faculty invested much of
their time and energy to make Die Fledermaus the worthwhile
production it was. "We have been meeting for rehearsals
since the first day of school," Chambers said. "However, the
principals all had their scores over the summer to work on.
We met three times a week for rehearsals until about a month
before the production, when rehearsals increased to almost
every day. Close to production time, there were days that we
were in rehearsal from 3 to 5 p.m., and then back again for a 7
to 9 p.m. rehearsal after a dinner break."
Die Fledermaus truly was a large performance, including
not only the acting and operatic singing of the cast, but also
the singing of the chorus composed of 12 Samford perform-
ers, ballet dancers Carleton Meadows and Sarah-Grace Self,
and a powerful orchestra. With stunning 1890's costumes
and lavish, detailed sets and props, and enjoyable singing,
acting and dancing, Die Fledermaus was well-received by the
Samford and Birmingham community for its professionalism
Lights, Camera, Action!
By Megan Christians
Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson
Lights, camera, action! This year's annual fall 10 Minute Play Festival
displayed an array of student acting and directing talent. "It's a chance for
us to practice what we've learned about play directing and an opportunity
for students to get on the stage," junior theater major Annie Hackney said.
The festival is put on every fall by the beginning directing class as their
final project of the semester. Each student picks a 10 minute play or one
act to direct. They hold open auditions for actors, and this year, there was
an overwhelming response by both theater majors and non-theater majors.
"I enjoy working on the 10 Minute Play Festival because all the students
are so passionate about it," said junior theater major Kelli Winn. "I espe-
cially love to see students from other departments come and support us
with their own talent."
The 10 Minute Play Festival is one of the few open opportunities for
the whole student body to be involved. "There are plenty of students on
campus with a hidden talent for acting. They just never get a chance to
express it. That is why the festival is so great. It brings us together as a
campus," said Winn.
Some plays chosen came from Samford alumni or staff adding to the
"homegrown" feel. "I directed the play written by our own Mark Castle
called 'Life of a Foreman'," said Hackney. "Directing the play was a blast.
but what impressed me the most was how willing my cast was to try new
things. Each one of them carved out a living, breathing, believable charac-
ter, and I could not have been more satisfied with their dedication to the
Each year brings about a new set of directors and their own challenges.
But it is about more than just the performances; it is an invaluable learning
experience for all who truly love the craft. "We're just a bunch of actors,
directors and designers trying to put on a good show," Hackney said.
Twelfth Night: A Night with Shakespeare
By Kelli Winn
Photos: Jordan Jarvis
Spread: Austin Richardson
William Shakespeare is one of the most, if not the most,
well known and celebrated playwrights in the history of the
theatre. Perhaps this is why the Samford Theatre Department
decided to pay homage to the popular playwright with their
production of Twelfth Night.
Attempting to recreate a setting that audience members
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre would have experienced, they
chose to have absolutely no set accented with very minimal
lighting, just as Shakespeare himself would have had it.
Despite the decision to have no set, there was still a need for
a space that was able to stand alone and speak for itself. Brock
Recital Hall was chosen to fulfill this task, making Twelfth
Night the first play to be performed in the new recital hall.
Junior theatre and music double major Emily Hoppe, who
played the part of Feste, said she was glad to have been a part
of history making in Brock. "It's a great space and it was re-
ally fun to have it used in the capacity of theatre, instead of
just music," said Hoppe.
Even with the throw back to Shakespeare's day, the actors
did a great job of taking the sometimes confusing language of
the play and presenting it in a way that kept the 21 st century
audience engaged. For much of the play, like in the hilarious
"tree scene," where Sir Andrew (Jordan Bondurant) Sir Toby
(Neal Tucker) and Fabian (Matt Godfrey) follow Malvolio
(John Cooley) around disguised by fake Christmas trees. The
audience was bellyaching with laughter. The success with
audience members did not come without hard work, though.
Most nights, the cast spent around three hours rehearsing.
"Those four actors in particular had to work hard to make
the comedy of Shakespeare understandable so that audiences
could enjoy it too," said Hoppe.
Already having a British director, Professor Mark Castle,
the theatre department decided they would bring another
man in from Shakespeare's homeland to help with the pro-
cess. John Lloyd Fillingham is a very successful British actor
and an assistant director at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster,
England. Fillingham has performed in the best of the best the-
atres in England including the Royal Shakespeare Company
and the National Theatre in London. This makes for quite
a resume and the cast was glad to have Fillingham, better
known to some of the students as "JLF ; " to offer his advice
during the last week of rehearsal. "JLF is a great actor and
director and a real asset to have had with us. It was great."
said senior theatre major Matt Godfrey.
The experience for the actors may have been great, but
it's no surprise that the show itself turned out to be great as
well. Audience members laughed until they couldn't laugh
anymore at the goofy and loveable characters of Twelfth Night.
The Samford audience is looking forward to more from the
theatre department, especially more Shakespeare. Hoppe
hopes to have the chance to perform Shakespeare again before
she graduates. "It was really interesting and exciting to study
Shakespeare so intensely, instead of just reading it." said
Hoppe. "I got the chance to explore a specific character. I'm
looking forward to having such an opportunity again."
Oleanna: The Line
between Right and
By Ruth Woodall
Photos: Courtesy of the Theatre Department
Spread: Austin Richardson
Samford University's theatre department took a chance with their pro-
duction of Oleanna by David Mamet in February. Directed by Neal Tucker,
the play contained only two actors and no scene changes. Surprisingly, the
simplicity of Oleanna helped lend to the play's effectiveness.
Chelsea Reynolds played the part of Carol, a seemingly timid college
student searching for guidance and help from her professor. Santiago Sosa
played the part of John, a distracted professor with a personal life spinning
out of control. Chelsea said she "felt honored to play this role with such an
amazing acting partner and director."
The play was set in the office of a professor who is up for tenure. The
play revolves around the conflict between John, the professor, and Carol,
his student. Oleanna confronts conflict between
the sexes and the issue of sexual harassment by
following the story of John and Carol. John is
distracted by both his professional and personal
life and feels that his actions toward Carol
are appropriate. On the other hand, Carol is a
distraught student searching for help and advice
from her teacher. The play was built to make
the audience torn between the two characters.
While some may view the behavior in the office
as appropriate, others may side with Carol and
see it as sexual harassment.
Aside from the verbal exchange between
the actors, Oleanna provided the audience with
countless subtle visual aids. Everything from
the dramatic change in the actors clothing and
posture, to the discrete use of lighting intensi-
fied the play's effect. The audience watched as
Carol's character evolved from a shaken and un-
sure student to a powerful, outspoken woman.
Carol's advances as a character came in sharp
contrast to the deterioration of John's appear-
ance, stability and career.
The issue for the audience comes in siding
with one of the characters. Some may feel that
Carol is justified in her accusations that John ha-
rassed her, while others may feel that Carol was
manipulative and dishonest. Tucker described
the conflict within the play best by saying,
"When the miscommunication of one gender,
religious affiliation, sexual orientation, ethnic
origin or otherwise is construed as offensive or
demeaning, Lady Justice stands blindfolded and
ready to rectify. But, what if the miscommunica-
tion is unintentional^ What happens when the
unpremeditated meets the predisposed, resulting
in a clash of world views 1 ? What if what was said
in no way resembles an offensive statement <?
It's one word against another. We must decide
between ourselves." Whatever the case, there is
no question that Oleanna leaves the audience
Oompa Loompas Invade the Stage
By Megan Christians
Photos: Austin Richardson
Spread: Laura Armstrong
This spring, oompa loompas, golden tickets
and a river of pure chocolate visited Samford's
campus. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was put
on by the theatre department and benefited the
Lovelady Center, a women's shelter in Birming-
Senior Theatre major Natalie Saxon, who
directed the play as her senior project, chose the
Lovelady Center because she was "moved by
what the organization stands for and the impact
it's had on so many women's lives." The center
houses women and their children while they get
back on their feet after they are released from
prison. During the three performances in Ben-
jamin F. Harrison Theatre, raffles and contests
such as guessing the number of Gobstoppers in
the fish bowl were held in order to raise money
for the center. There was also a private perfor-
mance for the women and children.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was com-
prised of a cast of 25 students and child ac-
tors. The production had a minimal set which
allowed the audience members to take on an
active part by engaging their imaginations. If one
looked past the oompa loompas, there were also
important life lessons to be learned. "It's such
a creative way for children to be taught moral
lessons," Saxon said. "You know, lessons about
the importance of reading and not watching too
Students who had the opportunity to see
the play said it reminded them of the movie and
book when they were children. "It was very clev-
erly done," junior graphic design major Jessica
Snow said. "It had all the magic of the movie,
but because it was on stage, there was a twist."
Through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
Samford helped raise awareness and support
for an important cause while students received
the benefit of seeing a thoroughly entertaining
performance. "I am very excited by how original
and fresh our approach to the play was," said
Saxon, "and that I got to be involved in a The-
atre production that went beyond the univer-
By Megan Christians and Michelle Kelly
Photos: Courtesy of the Theatre Department
Spread: Austin Richardson
The Samford Theatre department is known for thinking outside the
box. This belief was proven through their production of the play Copenha-
gen, which was performed in March at the Samford planetarium.
The play was written by Michael Frayn and was based on a meeting
between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen,
Denmark in 1941. It debuted in London in 1998 and on Broadway in 2000
and won numerous Tony awards.
Matt Godfrey chose to direct the play for his senior project and assem-
bled a cast of senior Theatre majors including Natalie Saxon as Margrethe
Bohr, Brad Roller as Heisenberg and John Cooley as Bohr. They joined fel-
low senior Theatre major Maria Williams who served as the stage manager.
This group of seniors brought a wealth of experience to the production.
Williams, who has acted as stage manager for three other Samford plays
including The Secret Garden and One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest, has nothing
but the highest opinion for the group she worked with on Copenhagen.
"When it comes to the actors, it was a coincidence that they were all
seniors, but the play could not have been acted by anyone else," said Wil-
liams. "These three actors are the cream of our crop and no one could have
done a better job from our department."
Having such a small cast to work with was both a challenging and re-
warding experience for Saxon. "It is harder in the sense that, the less people
that are cast, the larger the role and the greater the responsibility. With
such a challenging show like Copenhagen, it was great that there was such a
high level of trust between the actors," Saxon said.
During its run in London and Broadway, Copenhagen was performed
in the round. To achieve the same effect at Samford, the planetarium was
used to create an intimate space for both the actors and the audience. "It
was a unique feeling having a play performed in the planetarium," said
Emma Breeden, a sophomore elementary education major. "But I liked it
because there was more of a connection with the characters. The perfor-
mance seemed to be directed personally to you."
For some this performance was a long time coming. "I know that Matt
has wanted to do this play since his sophomore year," Williams said. And
what better way to end a senior year then with a story of friendship, sci-
ence and the belief in fate.
A Piece of My Heart
By Michelle Kelly
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
Samford students are used to seeing a slightly disproportionate amount
of females to males on campus, but the Samford Theatre production of
the play A Piece of My Heart took it one step further with almost an entire
female cast portraying the lives of women who served in the Vietnam War.
The play, which was written by Shirley Lauro, was held in Bolding
Studio on April 10-13. The small studio provided an intimate setting that
allowed the audience to easily connect with the small seven-person cast.
The story followed six different women who held jobs from nurses to mu-
sic performers who were brought over to Vietnam to entertain the troops.
The plot jumped from woman to woman as their stories were told before,
during and after the war.
Kelli Winn, a junior theatre and journalism mass communications
double major, played Whitney a very proper and educated young woman
who volunteers with the Red Cross. Winn, despite her experience in several
other Samford plays, found playing an idealistic woman turned alcoholic
very difficult. "This role was very different than any other I've played here
at Samford. It was a challenge; the emotions were really hard to under-
stand and portray at first, but the more we rehearsed, the better I was able
to relate to my character,'' Winn said.
With a play full of violence centered on a controversial war, it had to
be handled delicately and deliberately by all involved. Kelly Knowlton, a
senior theatre major and art minor, made her directing debut with A Piece
of My Heart. She believes that hearing the stories of those who have served
in the military helps to understand how they felt and what they went
Daniel King, a freshman theatre major, was the only male actor in the
production and played a variety of different American men. Going into the
play as both a freshman and the only male actor could have been intimi-
dating, but King handled it well. "A Piece of My Heart was both a challenge
and then again not hard for me at all. I didn't find it difficult to work in an
all-female cast, because I knew every talented lady in the show as well as
the director prior to the show. Now, playing about sixteen different charac-
ters, on the other hand, took more work for me to do well," King said.
All in all, portraying such a wide range of emotions during a very dif-
ficult time in American history was a growing experience for the cast and
allowed them to realize the sacrifices that have been made by America's
servicemen and women. "I don't think it's possible for any of us to com-
pletely understand what happened to those who served in Vietnam, or any
other war, for that matter," said Winn. "But, what we can do is listen to
their stories and acknowledge the hardships they faced and the sacrifices
they made for our country. Vets deserve our respect, no matter what our
stances may be on war."
Cinderella: Things are Happening
By Michelle Kelly
Photos: Courtesy of the Theatre Department
Spread: Austin Richardson
Complete with a lost glass slipper and
handsome prince, the Samford University
Theatre Department put their own spin on
the well-known and loved story of Cinder-
The cast and crew of Cinderella put on
both matinee and evening performances of
the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein's play
May 1-4. The play featured a large cast with
the main roles of Cinderella, the Prince and
the Queen each being played by two actors
who alternated performances. Barbara Cline
and Christina Myers played Cinderella,
Murphy Maddox and Jordan Bondurant
played the Prince and Samantha Chambers
and Alexandra Tate played the role of the
Emily Hoppe, a ]unior music and theatre
double major, played the Fairy Godmother,
a beloved character with a new twist. "My
character seemed to be a big hit with older
audiences, because it was different from the
classic, sweet Godmother," Hoppe said.
The cast and crew performed several
matinee performances so that local school
groups could come and see the play. Despite
performing a well known story to a group
of children who would surely have a lot of
prior knowledge about the classic Disney
tale. Dr. Don Sandley, the play's director,
did not decide to stick to the usual telling.
"Dr. Sandley recognized that we were
doing a very well-known story and made a
conscious decision to put his own spin on
it," said Hoppe. "He gave the characters a
new depth, and it was exciting to play with
that. It was interesting to see the differ-
ent ways the audiences of children would
react to the performances compared to the
evening audiences of students and other
2008 Year in Review
By Allyson Dewell
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
October 17, 2007
Samford Opens $32
Million Pete Hanna
November 21, 2007
Samford's New Fitness/
Wellness Center Opens
December 5, 2007
Nursing School Offers
Doctor of Nursing
January 2, 2008
166th Anniversary of its
January 28, 2008
becomes Brock School
February 20, 2008
Emergency Alert Service
March 9, 2008
Ramsey dorm collapses
March 28, 2008
April 21, 2008
New 'School of the
Around the World:
How important are young people's votes'?-
This year, people our age were actively involved
in the debate process for both parties as the popu-
lar YouTube.com and Anderson Cooper hosted a
unique and historical political debate. People were
allowed to ask questions directly to candidates al-
lowing citizens to ask the real questions and con-
cerns that people from all over the country had.
Heated debates, advertisements and speeches
have kept us involved in a historical race. By early
summer 2008, the race was limited to an exciting
race between Senator Barack Obama and Senator
Oil prices continue to rise throughout the year increasing gas prices across the country. Going into summer, the average gas
price across the nation was over $4. These prices have had an impact on travel and basic amenities that we use in every day life
due to the increase in energy prices.
The new iPhone sweeps the nation as people combine all of their favorite
products into one. The phone has music and photo storage capabilities and Inter-
net connections. It has nifty features that are like no other phone product on the
market and is continuing to improve and grow.
The world sits back in awe of the ridiculousness of Hol-
lywood news. Brittney Spears continues to appear across
magazines and newspapers as we watch her custody battle
of her children and her outrageous actions throughout the
year. Lindsay Lohan continues this negative trend as we
watch her going in and out of rehab. Jamie Lynn Spears, a
teen star on Nickelodeon, gives birth to a baby girl, leading
to many questions about her role as a popular teenager on
the TV show Zoey 101.
50 th Anniversary on Lakeshore Campus:
A History of Vision
By Caroline Poole
Photos: Courtesy of Sam ford University and Austin Richardson
Spread: Austin Hichardson
On June 11, 1953 the leaders of Howard
College broke ground on the site that currently
houses the Samford University campus. The first
building on the Lakeshore campus, Samford Hall,
was dedicated in 1955 and the school officially
moved to the location in 1957. Standing on the
sprawling campus 50 years later, it's easy to see
that we've come a long way from little Marion,
Alabama, thanks to the vision of many along the
In 1841 a group of influential leaders in the
state chartered Howard College to be opened
on January 3, 1842. Their vision was to found a
religious institution of higher learning for men.
On the Marion campus the college survived fire,
war and reconstruction. Matching with the
times of mass migration to cities and having a
vision for the future, Howard moved to the East
Lake campus in Birmingham in 1887.
The years on the East Lake campus were
marked by many changes. Women were allowed
to start attending in 1895 but the college didn't
officially become co-education until 1913. The
Teacher Education Division (now the Orlean Bill-
iard Beeson School of Education) was established
in 1920 and the Division of Pharmacy (now the
McWhorter School of Pharmacy) was established
in 1927. The Great Depression and World War II
saw a decline in enrollment. However, thanks to
Howard's leaders, especially President Harwell
Goodwin Davis (1939-1957), the vision did not
die. They lobbied for programs that saw an in-
crease in enrollment and funds that would mean
even more changes.
In the late 1940s, the Trustees and leaders
began discussing yet another move. This time
they were looking at a spot on the Cahaba River
in the growing area in Shades Valley just south
of Birmingham. With the ground breaking in
1953, the Georgian-Colonial campus began
taking shape under Davis's vision. The leader-
ship wanted to create a beautiful atmosphere
conducive to learning and excelling. To this day,
every building on campus has been built out of
the Georgian-Colonial style, and it adds so much
to the mood of the campus.
On the Lakeshore campus, the little school
from Marion has come into its prime. In 1961,
the college acquired the Cumberland School of
Law from Lebanon, Tennessee. It was renamed
Samford University, after Trustee and benefactor
Frank Samford, in 1965 when it gained Univer-
sity status after reinstating the Masters program.
In 1973, the Ida V Moffett School of Nursing
was acquired from the Baptist Medical Center of
Birmingham, and in 1988, thanks to the gener-
ous donation from Ralph W Beeson's estate, the
Beeson School of Divinity was founded.
In 2003, the Board of Trustees approved a
multiyear improvement plan for the campus.
Since The Promise's inception, the Pete Hanna
Center and Jane Hollock Brock Hall have now
been added to the landscape. In addition, there is
now a new Tennis Center and expanded parking
facilities. There is astroturf on the football field
and all classes will now be able to graduate on
campus thanks to the 5,000 seating capacity in
the Thomas E. and Maria H. Corts Arena.
With over 4,400 students from 39 different
states and 30 foreign countries, the future looks
bright for Samford University, and it's all thanks
to the people who've loved it enough to have a
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Safe Just Got Safer
By Matt Robertson
Photo and Spread Austin Richardson
The focus on safety and security on college campuses is of utmost importance in this day and age.
With unfortunate events like the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois tragedies, as well as the violent
acts like Columbine, the need for a structured law enforcement team on college campuses is a high
priority. At Samford University, the Campus Safety unit strives to provide the safest and most secure
environment possible for its students.
When the Virginia Tech tragedy occurred, law enforcement teams on many college campuses be-
gan to look at their own policies and operations as a way to provide a secure environment at all costs.
Although security can never be guaranteed, campus safety units are finding new and improved ways
to keep everyone on their campuses safe. In the same way, the Campus Safety team at Samford made
many changes this year as a result of those tragedies.
Campus Safety Director Bobby Breed has been instrumental in policy change for the Samford
unit. According to Breed, one of the things he is trying to implement for Samford is the use of
surveillance cameras. "I firmly believe that surveillance cameras will help deter a lot of the property
crimes that occur on campus," Breed said.
Along with surveillance, the university installed a text messaging alert service in the spring. This
service will allow Campus Safety to communicate safety emergencies in the area to students as well
as faculty and staff, via e-mail and cell phone.
Various changes have also been made concerning new divisions within campus safety. Breed said,
"On June 1, 2007, I was able to add three new folks to my department. Two of those will be dedicat-
ed to a Campus Safety Traffic Division." Another change came in the form of the Dorm Patrol poli-
cies that are now being implemented. Breed was able to assign officers to work alongside members
of Residence Life on a daily basis. This in turn provided a much safer environment in and around the
Some of the changes within the individual department came in the form of officer modification.
Campus Safety went to new, more noticeable uniforms this past year as well as added self-defense
training for students on campus. The free classes, taught and instructed by Campus Safety officers,
give students the opportunities to learn important skills and maneuvers should they themselves ever
be placed in a crisis situation. This new opportunity for students has been a tremendous way to
make Samford a safer place.
The changes during the fall were not the only ones in the plans for Campus Safety. In the spring,
Breed initiated a night-walk program. "The officers assigned to this program will meet monthly with
Residence Life staff. During those monthly meetings, Campus Safety Officers and Residence Life
staff will tour each residential area on-campus. During each tour, we will be looking for areas where
we believe safety could be an issue for our students and members of the faculty and staff. If any areas
are identified as a potential trouble spot, appropriate action will be taken," said Breed.
From changes within campus safety to defense courses helping students, all of the policy changes
over the past year have put Samford one foot closer to being as safe as possible. When more improve-
ments are made, the risk of danger drops dramatically. Campus Safety is doing all they can to make
this university a safer place in an effort to avoid tragedies like Virginia-Tech and Northern Illinois.
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SamforcTs New Addiction
Photos & Story By Jordan Jarvis
Spread: Austin Richardson
Nestled in the heart of Homewood, the original O'Henry's coffee shop
has been a favorite among couples on dates, college students cramming for
finals and high school students' post-Friday night football games for the
past 14 years. Known for its chill yet eclectic atmosphere, O'Henry's is
also loved for its fine coffee, specialty drinks and the warm chocolate chip
cookies served daily at 3 p.m., on a "first come, first served" basis. So what
was the attraction of bringing the locally owned brew of O'Henry's to
Samford's big, busy campus 1 ?
In early 2006, Samford presented owners Randy and Mary Adamy with
the idea of bringing the local flavor of O'Henry's to the caffeine-crazed
college scene because of the many requests and desires Samford students
expressed for an on-campus coffee shop. Since its opening in November
2006, O'Henry's at Samford has been met with nothing less than booming
business and expressions of joy as students happily sipped lattes on their
way to class or chatted with a professor over a blueberry scone. O'Henry's
even allowed students to pay using their Samford ID card, leading many
students to quickly discover a new source of draining all those food court
Samford students and faculty frequented O'Henry's weekly, if not
daily Freshman journalism/mass communications major Daniel Lee
stated, "Pretty much everyday except Sundays, I got a dark roast cup of
coffee or occasionally a cappuccino. I love coffee; it wakes me up but it's
just too much trouble to make it in my room. Plus, I'm addicted!" Even
students who had no love for or addiction to coffee have enjoyed the new
addition to the food court, one being sophomore English major Christine
Taylor. Though not a huge coffee fan, Taylor said, "I loved being able to
come in and buy a scone and customize my own drink."
Operated by Samford's Campus Dining, the coffee was brought in fresh
from Red Mountain Coffee Roasters, the same locally-owned company
that supplies the downtown Homewood O'Henry's with its coffee.
Samford's O'Henry's also offered flavored coffees, frozen drinks, fruit
smoothies, fresh pastries and tasty desserts. It even sold its most popular
gourmet coffee, including O'Henry's House Blend, Anniversary Blend and
Christmas Blend, each by the pound, for students and faculty to enjoy the
bold and unique flavors in the comfort of their own dorm room or home.
O'Henry's also provided Samford students with the opportunity
to work as baristas. Senior history major Christina Mosley, who began
working at O'Henry's shortly after it opened in 2006, said, "I liked getting
to see all the different students and faculty and learning how to do latte
art," as she displayed a latte with a white heart shaped in the foam. Latte
art, come to find out, is the making of designs in the foam on the top of a
latte, in which one either pours milk in the latte at certain angles to create
such images as flowers and hearts, or uses an instrument of some kind to
construct an image in the foam.
Senior economics major Stephen Gunter had also been employed at
O'Henry's since its opening. He said. "I really
liked the hours, my boss and coworkers and get-
ting to see so many people everyday." Students
and faculty enjoyed being greeted by familiar,
helpful and smiling faces everyday whether
simply casting a smile their way or helping cus-
tomers make tough ordering decisions. "They're
always personable enough to help me find
exactly what I want," said Taylor.
As O'Henry's kept serving the Samford com-
munity, its popularity continued to grow. One
could see O'Henry's cups everywhere from pro-
fessors' hands to abandoned cups on the quad.
And perhaps one of these days, all those who
have no appreciation for that delectable little
bean will surely see the light. Due to Gunter's
distaste for coffee, when asked what his favorite,
special drink was, he simply stated, "My coffee
house specialty^ Cleaning the creamer canis-
ters." And with that, he returned to his rigorous
work with a smirk on his face and a rag in his
Samford Goes Green
Photo Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson
Green is more than just a color these days. This year, Samford made great strides in the global move-
ment of "Going Green." Going Green involves any action that you take to help protect the environment.
This can be anything from turning off a light you are not using to recycling an aluminum can. It is all
about respecting your resources, conserving them and showing consideration for the world around you.
Sophomore journalism and mass communication major Lydia Hignite has a passion for environmental
concerns. "I love the fact that Going Green is becoming popular. I think our culture is becoming aware of
the harm we've done to the environment now that we are finally starting to see the effects," she said.
As the concern over things like the disappearing ozone and global warming grow, people are starting to
take more notice of environmental issues. We are constantly learning new ways to help protect the envi-
ronment and reduce the damage we cause to the earth. "We have now realized that we cannot keep going
on this way, and we have to make some changes," Hignite said.
Making these changes is easier than you may think and is starting to become prevalent across Sam-
ford's campus. This year, students all over campus served as good examples of this fact. Many Samford
students made an effort to Go Green in various ways. Students made efforts to take shorter showers, un-
plug electronic devices when they were not using them and walk to the Caf for dinner instead of driving.
These ideas are just a few of the simple ways you can get involved in helping to care for the environment.
Samford even created a website, www.samford.edu/gogreen, as an aid to the Go Green initiative. The
website offers links to other Green-related websites, detailed ways in which you can get involved in the
movement and ways Samford has gotten involved. Samford has taken huge steps to help protect the envi-
ronment in many different ways around campus.
Campus Dining is one of the areas on campus that took a big step toward Going Green this year.
Campus Dining purchases all of its produce from local farmers, which reduces fuel used for transporting
produce long distances. This year, Campus Dining also began to recycle all of its used cardboard mate-
rial. Landscaping Services stopped its use of certain herbicides. Printing Services went entirely digital and
discontinued its use of a great amount of chemicals used in printing. Campus Services began to use many
Green cleaning products. Samford even installed water-saving washing machines in the laundry rooms
across campus. The new washing machines use approximately 25% less water than standard washing
One of the biggest ways in which Samford joined the Go Green movement this year was the addition
of on-campus recycling bins, which are located behind the University Center. There are separate bins to
collect paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic. Senior English major Brandon Vaughan and his roommates
had been separating recyclable products from their trash for a while. For a long time they had to take the
products to a recycling center downtown. This proved to be very inconvenient and often their recycling
would begin to pile up. The pileup sometimes caused them to end up throwing away many of their recy-
clable products. Vaughan and his roommates were very pleased with the new addition of the recycling bins
behind the University Center.
"The new recycling bins on campus make it a lot easier for us to recycle because we don't have to make
a special trip. I think this will encourage a lot of other students to start recycling, since they don't even
have to leave campus to do it," Vaughan said. This is one of the easiest ways in which students can get
involved with Samford's efforts to Go Green.
Going Green is a great initiative in which anyone can easily become involved. Samford has clearly real-
ized this and is continually on the lookout for more opportunities to help protect the environment. Even a
small effort to help can truly make an enormous difference. Samford students appreciate the changes that
have been made on campus and are looking forward to those in the future. As Hignite said, "Samford is
definitely taking a step in the right direction."
Ear of God
On Monday nights at 9 p.m., Burns Hall room 204 became
holy ground. Students entered the dimly-lit classroom,
removed their shoes and quietly engaged in prayer while soft
worship flowed from guitar strings. They weren't coming
to fulfill a Convocation credit or because all their friends
were there — they came because they were hungry to know
God. The following night, another group of students from
all different grades met together in Reid chapel, but this time,
upbeat worship music poured from an iPod and was mingled
with loud prayers of intercession for salvations and a desire to
know God as students sat, paced or kneeled.
"My heart for this campus is to see people come to a
true revelation of the knowledge of God," said sophomore
communication studies major Stephen Williams. "Only then
can people have a true relationship." Many groups like these
found their way onto Samford's campus, bearing no specific
affiliation with a campus ministry or organization, yet made
one thing clear — the time has come to pray
In the past couple of years, sporadic praying communi-
ties have sprung-up all over Samford's campus, in addition
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to already established campus prayer events such as morning
prayer in Hodges Chapel or global prayer through Univer-
sity Ministries. But many students on Samford's campus
seemed to be crying out for more — more encounter with
God, more changed lives, more passion to know Jesus and be
transformed into his likeness. So what sparked this growing
number of Samford students that they would suddenly send
a mass text message to inform friends about a prayer meeting
on the quad or even turn a casual hang-out time into a fer-
vent prayer meeting^ And why were they willing to sacrifice
study sessions, hang-out time with friends and sometimes
even sleep to prayi "I consider everything a loss compared to
the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord,
for whose sake I have lost all things," said sophomore history
major Ellen Davis, quoting Philippians 3:8. "We are hungering
after the Lord and nothing compares to that."
The actual prayer meetings themselves were each unique
in size, style, and length, but all were pursuing to know God's
heart. Many students who lived together on campus would
regularly gather together as a suite to encourage one another
in the Lord and pray for their peers for a few minutes before
class. Some gathered in the food court certain mornings of
the week to plead before God for revival to come to the cam-
pus. Other groups met in classrooms and interceded for the
nations and missionaries late into the night. And the beauty
of this whole thing is that an exact number could not be
placed on how many groups there actually were. There were
countless other clusters of people, big and small, gathering
together and offering up prayers for salvation, revival and true
intimacy with Jesus.
Another unique aspect to these sporadic prayer meetings
was the sense of community the participants felt with one
another. According to Davis, "Real church is happening right
here, and I love it." Sophomore international relations major
Janell King felt similar to Davis. "In our prayer gatherings,
there was a strong sense of community. It was so encourag-
ing to meet with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and
have conversations with God about anything and everything.
Those prayer gatherings are transforming the lives of the stu-
dents and faculty here at Samford. It's transforming Birming-
ham. It's affecting the lives of those globally."
There is indeed a global movement that is taking place
among young adults and especially those on college campuses
around the United States. Amongst the most entertained and
material generation, large numbers of students have refused
to be fascinated and fulfilled by earthly pleasures and desires,
and they have turned their faces towards Jesus, buying-in to
his ways and finding their fulfillment in him alone.
Naturally, one will always do something if he or she
believes it will work, and according to this growing number of
praying students, the same went for prayer. "My greatest de-
sire is that Samford students would see that God would do far
more than we could ask or imagine, we just have to believe,"
said Davis. For these students, prayer was more than just a
once a week activity that they did to feel comforted or out of
some obligation, but it became a lifestyle. King said, "There is
power and strength and love when the body of Christ comes
together. The Sprit moves and things happen!"
Several students on campus planned to rally as many of
these independent prayer groups together to have twenty-
four hours of unbroken prayer on campus in the fall. "My
desire is for intimacy with Jesus, intercession and for my
heart to be set ablaze for loving people," said Williams. And
as more and more prayer springs up at Samford University,
there is a sure sense that God is moving and hearts are, in-
deed, being set ablaze.
Why I Chose Samford
by Matt Robertson
Photo Design and Spread: Austin Richardson
A small liberal arts college nestled away in Birmingham, yet known throughout the nation,
enrolling about 4,000 students each year. So why in the world did all these people from across all
parts of the nation and even the world choose Samford 1 ?- The following are responses from various
students with various backgrounds and various interests. This is why they chose Samford:
Steven Williams, an independent sophomore, said, "My sister went here, and the city of Birming-
ham was new and away from my hometown of Knoxville. It was a new challenge with new people,
and I fit really well here."
Andy King, a sophomore basketball player from Omaha, Nebraska, said, "I really chose Samford
because I could play ball here, but the girl to guy ratio isn't so bad either."
Gaby Bermudez, also a sophomore basketball player from Miami, Florida, said, "Samford gave me
the awesome opportunity to meet people outside the Hispanic community."
Luke Swilley, a Georgia native, chose Samford, "because it came highly recommended, and the
cafeteria food is amazing."
Cameron Campbell, a Hoover Alabama native, said he chose Samford because, "It's a great school
with a great academic reputation. It has also been a great school for the community of Birmingham."
David Presley, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, decided to travel the many miles to Samford because he
believes, "It is a great environment, not too big, not too small, and it's a place I saw myself leaving in
four maybe five years as a better person."
Kendall Baker, another sophomore Birmingham native, chose Samford because, "I was going to
either do missions or school straight out of high school. My parents made me choose school, so I
chose Samford because I wanted to go where I didn't know anyone. All my friends went to Alabama
or Auburn, and I wanted to start fresh."
Dani Johns, a sophomore from Chicago, chose Samford through lots of prayer. "My twin sister
and I wanted to go to school together, and we really tried to give it up to God. This is where we
believe we are supposed to be," Johns said.
Maddy Walker, a junior from Fayetteville, Georgia, said, "This is really the only place I could get
in, so... yeah."
Jesse Walsh, a junior from Orlando, Florida, said. "Samford was the perfect place for me because I
felt like I fit in here. I did not want to be some number at a huge school. I really felt like Samford pro-
vided me the opportunity to make this my school and could give me a personal feel in the classrooms
and with friends. I felt like I could build relationships better at Samford than at a bigger school."
The reasons why this small sample of Samford students chose this university are simple. How-
ever, each had their own particular desires, goals, thoughts and plans that they considered before
making their decision. The most interesting thing about this group is how Samford provided oppor-
tunities for these people to connect. Samford brought them all together from across the nation and
they'll always have that one thing in common; they were all at one time a Samford student.
Brock Brings New Business
By Matt Robertson
Photos: Sarah Andrews
Spread: Austin Richardson
This past year, the Samford University business program has undergone
many changes. The greatest change within the program was the renaming
of the school and the contributions from the Brock family. On December
4, 2007, the Samford business program became The Brock School of Busi-
ness in honor of banking legend Harry B. Brock Jr. Because Mr. Brock is a
respected individual within many business circles, contributions and a new
title provide Samford with greater recognition and exposure throughout
the state and even nation.
The main goal and vision of The Brock School of Business is a focus
on developing entrepreneurship skills for students to use in the future.
Currently, the Brock School of Business has 23 faculty members, but hopes
to hire three more full-time faculty members, specifically for the entre-
preneurship program. Building practical skills withm the program that
students can use to start their own businesses is what entrepreneurship at
Brock is all about.
Starting new businesses is not the only new thing that has been going
on at The Brock School of Business this past year. An endowment program
started by Mr. Brock himself has been provided to allow future opportuni-
ties for many Samford students. Mr. Brock hopes that one day the endow-
ment will yield over $100 million. Trustees involved in the business school
believe that once the $100 million is attained, Samford could be considered
in the top 25 of other higher business institutions in the entire nation. For
a private Christian institution, this progress is an exceptional accomplish-
During a business convocation at the beginning of this year, President
Westmoreland commended Mr. Brock for his involvement concerning the
new changes. "Harry Brock is synonymous with Alabama business and
banking, and fortunately for us, with Samford University for more than 50
years," said Westmoreland. "He is the consummate example of the entre-
preneurial spirit and ethical business practice, and it is fitting that his name
will be affiliated with Samford's Christian mission."
The changes within the business program are bringing Samford into a
new season regarding the program. The changes give Samford a new look
and a very positive future within the school of business. It will be interest-
ing to see where these new developments take the school over the next few
decades and the many prospective opportunities that Samford students
will be able to accomplish.
Famous People from Samford
By Caroline Poole
Photo: Bob Miller
Spread: Austin Richardson
Most Samford students are very familiar with the problem of having to
explain to people where exactly they go to school. "No, no I go to SAMford
not STANford." It is easy to think that other schools have it easy because
they can say, "I go to Bear Bryant's school" or "I go to Charles Barkley's
school." However, Samford students might have it easier than they think.
The next time someone asks, "Who goes to Samford^" here is a list of
impressive names you can drop.
Cortland Finnigan is a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans and a for-
mer Samford football player. During his senior year at Samford, Finnigan
was named First Team All-American and was one of the all-time best OVC
players. He was an education major and a family studies minor. Profes-
sors remember him as "just an all around good guy." If this isn't enough to
impress, just tell people that on September 16, 2007, he intercepted a pass
thrown by none other than Super Bowl MVP Payton Manning.
The award winning band Little Big Town has toured all over the world
and released multiple CDs. Their songs are played on the radio, and any
country music fan can easily pick them out because of their intricate
harmonies. One might be surprised to know that Karen Fairchild and
Kimberly Schlapman, the two female members of the band, started singing
together during their days right here at Samford University. If it had not
been for Samford, then there never would have been a Little Big Town.
If people still need convincing, ask them if they have a sense of humor.
If they do, tell them to check out Tony Hale on the TV show Arrested
Development. Hale is a graduate of Samford and an alum of Sigma Chi. He
has appeared or is going to appear in over 30 productions and is the proud
father of a little girl.
Everyone loves a good chicken sandwich from Chik-fil-a. Thanks to
Truett Cathy, the world has come to appreciate a good piece of chicken.
While he's not a Samford alum, several of his descendents have attended
the university, and he himself has been a frequent visitor. He has spoken
at several events and has become quite the fixture around campus. Even
when he's not around in person, he's not far from students' minds as the
delicious aromas of Chik-fil-a fill the food court.
So now when people say, "Why Samfordv" there are several answers to
help clue them in. Samford may be small, but quite a few influential people
have left these gates. Be proud of being a Bulldog, and who knows, maybe
someday you'll be on the famous people page in Entre Nous.
The Artistic Side of Samford
ffy Jordan Ja/v/s
P/)o?os: Ky/e Mykitta. Megan Man and Bob Miller
Spread: Austin Richardson
Samford University has not only attracted, but produced
great artists who contribute to both the Samford and Bir-
mingham communities. As technology is rising and changing,
the demand for quality art and graphics remains the same,
but has conveniently become accessible to just about anyone.
Overnight, amateur film makers have become known world-
wide through YouTube. The affordability and easy use of
digital cameras and Photoshop has suddenly made everyone
a great photographer. Many students here at Samford pos-
sess these extraordinary art talents. Here are three student's
stories who are working their way into the Birmingham art
Do you ever wonder who is behind the video productions
of Step Sing and Miss Samford^ Or how about the maker
of the creative images that appear on screen during these
popular Samford events^ Well, wonder no longer ladies and
gentlemen, as you are introduced to senior English major
Kyle Mykitta. He has played a crucial and creative role in the
Samford community in assisting with video production, using
both skill and excellence.
Although Kyle Mykitta has grown to be a popular name
associated with media images at Samford, his interest and
talent doesn't end there. Mykitta also enjoys making films,
doing 3-D modeling and even painting and drawing. "I like to
get my hands into as many mediums as possible," said Mykit-
ta. "For the most part, the things I do are somewhat dark. I
love contrast, and my videos tend to have a great deal of that
in them." Mykitta has been working in video production for
the past six years and 3-D modeling for the past two years.
Beyond the Samford community, Mykitta's work is also
making headway into the Birmingham community. He has
already entered one piece into the Birmingham Sidewalk Film
Festival, an annual event that encourages amateur filmmaking
in the Birmingham community, and has also had the opportu-
nity to assist a local church in their video needs.
When asked where he sees the future of video production,
Mykitta said, "I think there is definitely a future for the me-
dium, especially with YouTube and Google video on the rise.
It's put production into the hands of the untrained individu-
als and given students like myself a way to express themselves
without breaking the bank."
For senior graphic design major Megan Marr, an old,
empty milk jug or a discarded Pringles can are not just pieces
of unwanted trash, but works of art waiting to be uncov-
ered. Though skilled in both painting and photography, Marr
mainly specializes in recycled folk art.
"I seek to take items that are normally discarded and make
them into something useful to society, even if it doesn't look
like something artsy," said Marr. "For instance, I make plant-
ers out of milk jugs, water bottles and anything else I can get
my hands on. I enjoy creating things for the outdoors like
signs with encouraging images or words. I'm very interested
in recycling and reusing, and I attempt to always look at
things in order to find their hidden usability."
Marr has also made such items as coffee cup holders out
of empty Pringles cans. And in a time when so many are
"going green," Marr attempts to help preserve the environ-
ment. "The temporality of recycled art is what inspires me; I
feel that my experience as an artist has taught me that often
art is something cherished, taken care of, and because of that,
sometimes not experienced as it should be. With recycled art,
no one feels guilty using it or allowing it to be destroyed. You
just throw it away and make something else," said Marr.
Though Marr enjoys this medium of art at the moment,
she does admit that her "taste in styles is constantly chang-
ing." Marr's art has also been introduced to the Birmingham
community. She participated in Artwalk in 2006 for pho-
tography and had her photographs displayed in the 5 Points
Starbucks in Birmingham, where her recycled art is currently
"When that trend is replaced by another, I don't think
that my recycled art will be as popular, but I will continue
to do it and maybe it will remind people that even if being
'green' is no longer trendy, they should still be concerned and
do what they can to recycle and reuse," said Marr.
Many people around Samford are familiar with the face
of Bob Miller, or at least the name. This senior graphic design
major was no exception to the age where practically every
kid owned a plastic, disposable camera. "I've been looking at
compositions my whole life. I've pressed shutters and buttons
on disposable plastic things since childhood," said Miller. But
it wasn't until about two years ago that Miller even began to
intentionally pursue photography as an art.
Using both film and digital photography, Miller has
learned that good photography comes not only from training
one's eye to see life through the lens of a camera, but it also
requires motivation and creativity. "Photography requires
you to get up and go. You can't make compelling pictures
when you don't look for compelling subjects," said Miller.
As he has become more involved with the Birmingham Art
Scene/Collective, a group started by a former Samford stu-
dent who strives to unite and showcase local art and talent,
Miller had the opportunity to display three large photographs
at Matthew's Bar and Grill on Morris Avenue in Birmingham.
But photography has not only served as a creative outlet for
Miller; it is becoming a means of telling the stories of those
who are overlooked in society. "On a deeper note, I guess you
could say it's impossible for the kind of artwork I do not to
be richly grounded in the community. I'm into document-
ing things, but not just things, more so people," said Miller.
"I want to help people understand people better as I want to
understand them and myself. I've found that the discovery
process is much more vivid when captured through a lens."
Miller has documented mission trips and also recently
traveled to Kenya to photograph the political turmoil taking
place. "The idea that one can capture the essence of a person,
a mood, a setting, etc. in a single moment and a single compo-
sition is beyond fascinating to me, and there is still so much
to learn," said Miller.
Bubble Pop: Loved Ones at War
By Megan Christians
Photos: Scott Fisk
Spread: Austin Richardson
Two thousand miles from Birmingham is a land of vast,
barren desert, a stark difference from the Samford quad. It is
also a war zone. As college students, most of us forget this
fact. Unless you watch the news or read the paper, it does not
affect you. But there are students and even some faculty on
campus who have close ties to the war.
Junior nursing major Lauren Heinz is reminded every day
of the realities of war when she looks at a photograph of her
boyfriend. Clay is a medic in the National Guard currently
stationed in Iraq. His platoon protects semi trucks carry-
ing supplies to and from different cities and bases across the
country. These "missions" can last anywhere from two to six
"I get to talk to him everyday, except when he is gone,"
Heinz said. Clay recently left for Iraq and Heinz got to say
goodbye to him with her family and friends standing beside
her for support. "My sister and best friends surprised me at
the airport when I was returning from saying goodbye to
him," Heinz said. "It was such a relief to see them there when
I got off the plane. They also took me out to dinner to help
me keep my mind off of the day."
Back at Samford, Heinz's sorority sisters have stepped in
to continue the encouragement. "A couple of my sisters that
I don't even know very well have sent me emails and letters
with uplifting scripture verses," Heinz said.
For junior graphic design major Jessica Snow the war tells
a different story. "I had a friend from high school join the
military and was quickly sent overseas," Snow said. "He went
over to serve and never came home." Twenty-year-old Ste-
phen Johnson, a marine, was killed while conducting combat
operations against enemy forces on October 8, 2006. "Our
high school had a special dedication ceremony by honoring
him on the 'Wall of Heroes,'" Snow said.
If you have ever taken a class with art professor Scott Fisk,
you might not realize his connections with Iraq. Fisk went
over in 2004 as a photographer in the army. He mostly stays
quiet about his experience, only occasionally will he mention
the equipment used as an educational tool for his students.
These stories tend to stand alone on Samford's campus
where a majority of people come from the same background
with similar values. However, if the subject is war, a few
students are not so conforming. "I don't think the US has had
a good reason to enter into a war since World War II," senior
German and Spanish major Stephen Black said. "If they rein-
stated the draft for a war that I considered we had no reason
to be in, and I would be drafted, I would seriously consider
leaving the country."
For the most part, students have been considerate for
those personally affected by the war, and the experiences have
altered the lives of these young individuals. "I don't necessar-
ily feel as if I've 'broken out of the bubble,' but my world has
gone from my family, friends and school to the reality that
there is a war going on overseas that I think people tend to
forget about on a day to day basis." Heinz said.
Presidential campaign sparks
political interest on campus
By Lmdsey Vaughan
Photo Illustrations and Spread: Austin Richardson
On the brink of one of the most interesting and undoubt-
edly, one of the most exciting presidential elections in Ameri-
can history, it looks like more college students are getting
involved than ever before. Students seem to be excited about
this history making campaign. For the first time in American
history, not only do we have a black presidential candidate,
but we have a woman running for president too. Along with
these monumental changes, new ideas and issues are spring-
ing up all over the campaign trail, and students seem at-
tracted to the possibility of major changes being made in our
Some Samford students took significant roles in the
presidential campaign this year. Junior political science and
communication studies major Erin Ramsey was very involved
with the Barack Obama campaign. A strong Obama support-
er, Ramsey was eager to get involved with his campaign, but
wasn't sure how until she was presented with an opportunity
through a friend.
Ramsey began as a volunteer at the campaign office in
downtown Bnmingham, doing things such as making phone
calls and passing out information door-to-door. As a result of
her commitment to volunteer work, Ramsey quickly became
a paid staff member of the Obama campaign. She then moved
on to doing things such as fundraising, coordinating events
and even occasionally traveling with the campaign.
In an effort to spread the word about Obama, Ramsey also
helped organize a bake sale on campus benefiting his cam-
paign. "Obama is aiming to make a change and his message is
contagious. It's something you want to be a part of, and you
want to do all you can to help," she said. Ramsey is just one
of the increasing number of college students seeking to be-
come involved with politics in order to see the changes they'd
like to see happen. "It's important to get involved because we
always gripe about the way things are, but don't do anything
about it. We are the next generation, so it's our responsibility
to be an active part of it," Ramsey said.
Senior journalism and mass communication major
Caroline Bell is another Samford student who has decided to
make a difference by getting involved with political life. Bell
has been working with the Republican Party as an intern for
a year and will be on staff with the party as the Convention
Coordinator when she graduates. The position will put her
in charge of the delegates' trip to the Republican National
Convention in Minneapolis-Saint Paul in September.
Bell found out about the opportunity to become involved
with the Republican Party through a friend in the political
science department. Working with the party has been an
incredible opportunity for Bell. "I have learned so much about
the political system," she said. Bell has also had the oppor-
tunity to meet important political figures such as Alabama's
Governor Bob Riley and even President George W Bush.
Not only are students becoming actively involved with
the presidential campaign, they are also getting excited about
voting. Voting is a simple and very accessible way to get
involved with the political process, and evidence suggests that
college students all across America are thinking about voting
more than ever before.
Samford was even fortunate enough to have Republican
presidential candidate Mike Huckabee visit campus this year.
On January 26, Huckabee visited the Brock Recital Hall and
spoke about his presidential platform. The visit garnered a
lot of media attention and undoubtedly attracted Samford
students' attention to the presidential campaign.
Senior theatre major Maria Williams acknowledges that
our nation seems to be at a turning point and is looking for-
ward to exercising her right to vote once again. "I'll be voting
because I want to use the freedom I'm given as a citizen of
the United States to do so," she said.
One of the reasons so many more college students seem
to be interested in voting this year is because of the current
state of our nation and the future they see themselves quickly
becoming a part of. "It's important for college students to
vote now because whoever is elected is going to determine
the direction this country goes in, and this is going to be an
important factor as students go out into the work force,"
sophomore business management major Walt Reed said. As
people all across America seem to understand what a differ-
ence can be made with just one vote, college students all over
the nation seem to be following the trend too.
The closer we get to the end of our college years, the more
we are forced to think about our futures, and becoming in-
volved in politics is just one way to actively take part in shap-
ing those futures. During this exciting year in politics, many
Samford students jumped at the opportunity to get involved.
Numerous students have been eager to take advantage of the
chance to be a part of the political process, and neanng the
dawn of one of America's most exciting presidential elections
in history, even more students have joined them. As Ramsey
said, "Nobody's going to make our future better for us except
Greek Weekend: ATL Style
Photos: Courtesy of PHC and Austin Richardson
Spread: Austin Hichardson
The road from Birmingham to Atlanta saw
plenty of Samford bumper stickers one Septem-
ber afternoon. Greeks and non-Greeks escaped
the Birmingham scene for a weekend to enjoy
Atlanta and the Samford-Georgia-Tech football
Thursday evening, Greeks filed into Brock fo-
rum. A celebration honoring McElwain Elemen-
tary tutoring and service offered an opportunity
for the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic
Council to highlight philanthropic efforts of
the Greek community. The connection between
Samford students and McElwain children has
been a three year relationship. A video show-
ing the involvement of Samford Greeks in the
elementary students' lives was shown. Mingling
in Ben Brown Plaza with desserts and refresh-
ments wrapped up the event.
"It was a good opportunity for freshmen and
newcomers to get to know Greeks and ask about
our involvement with McElwain," said senior
IFC President Rob Howell. "The event was dif-
ferent from past events. It was more of a chance
to publicize on Samford's campus what we do
for the elementary school."
After Friday classes, the departure for Atlanta
began. Homes of Atlanta-born students, hotels
and even understanding grandmothers were
willing to put up college students for a couple
of nights' sleep. Samford students primped and
prepared for a night-on-the-town, then made
their way to the Greek-sponsored party.
Beneath the bright lights of a Southern
metropolis, trendy Atlantic Station served as
the party location for the Greek band party. The
bustling community's stunning architecture and
row after row of restaurants and shops provided
an enticing backdrop, as well-dressed students
donned "Go Greek" buttons instead of their
letters. TWELVE Atlantic Station and Ballroom
was a spectacular venue for the party, which was
an opportunity for freshmen to interact with
Greeks before recruitment began.
The mixed repertoire of Bobby Moore & the
Rhythm Aces drew over 570 attendees to the
dance floor. Classic hits were played between
old-school sounding renditions of current rap songs. Refresh-
ments and tables were available for those who were less
confident in their dance skills or just worn out from too much
"We saw a really great turnout, especially for freshmen,"
Howell said. "That's part of why we do it." After the party,
students climbed into cars and hit the Atlanta Perimeter to
find something else to try.
The Varsity Restaurant in downtown Atlanta was packed
Saturday at noon. In a sea of Georgia-Tech black and gold
were Samford students decked in red and blue. On the trek to
Bobby Dodd stadium, the Samford Fight Song could be heard.
A pep-rally hosted by the Samford Athletic Department and
encouraged by the Greek community was getting started. The
Samford Marching Band, cheerleaders and Spike the Bulldog
geared up fans for a rousing game. Finally, the Samford Bull-
dogs stormed onto historic Grant Field to show the improve-
ments they had made as a team in a year's time.
Back at the manicured Samford campus on Sunday
afternoon, students filled Reid Chapel for a Greek-led worship
service. Caleb Foust of Sigma Phi Epsilon presented a message,
as students from other organizations participated. Madeleine
Mula of Chi Omega and Todd Oakley of Sigma Chi read
Scripture. Pi Kappa Phi's C.G. Covey read the Lord's Prayer,
and Sigma Chi's Ryan Fitzgerald led students in singing and
worship. Samford Greeks refocused and prepared for another
busy week after a leisurely diversion to Atlanta.
IFC and PHC Push Forward
with New Faces
by Rachel Long and Jessica Casto
Photos: Courtesy of PHC and IFC
Spread: Austin Richardson
Samford University Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Council (PHC) serve as the umbrella organizations
governing and supporting the university's Greek life.
The Panhellenic Council at Samford University is the unifying and coordinating body of the seven national sororities on
campus and is composed of two women from each sorority. The Panhellenic Council and IFC are responsible for promoting the
scholarship, philanthropy and safety of the Greek community as a whole.
The 2007 PHC executive council members included President Kristan Burson, VP of Membership Recruitment Jessica Casto,
VP of Rho Gammas Mary Katherine Ezell and VP of Administration Betsie Boggs, as well as the secretary, treasurer and chairs
for scholarship, social, service, judicial, programming, public relations and Greek awards.
On the other side of the Greek fence, Rob Howell served as President of IFC, Parker Gilbert as VP, Hamlin Caldwell as
Secretary and Josh Senn as Treasurer. The rest of the council was composed of various representatives from each fraternity that
served in a specific chair position.
Together, PHC and IFC worked really hard to provide activities and programs to benefit the Greeks, the campus and the
community. They sponsored projects and events such as: Greek Weekend, men's and women's recruitment, Crawfish Boil, con-
certs, philanthropic opportunities such as tutoring at McElwain Elementary and educational programs such as the Anti-hazing
and drug information sessions.
This year's IFC and PHC officers have taken on extra responsibility and have practiced great teamwork this semester during
the absence of former Greek Life Director, Frank Parsons. After announcing his resignation at Greek Awards in spring 2007,
many wondered what would happen with recruitment and Greek life as a whole.
Panhellenic member Natalie Jayne described this year as a transition year. ''We have had to overcome many challenges. With
a new advisor comes new expectations and a new way of doing things," she said.
"Panhellenic has pulled together as a council and embraced the changes. Frank will always hold a special place in our hearts,
and we are so appreciative for all he did for the Greeks while he was at Samford," said Jayne.
Howell also said that Parsons' presence has been missed, but that interim Greek Life Director, Jennifer Dunn Hall has served
the community well. "She has done a tremendous job with Greek life this year," he said.
Both IFC and PHC have a lot to be proud of, especially the women whose recruitment this year was one of the most suc-
cessful recruitments in history.
VP of Membership Recruitment, Jessica Casto said, "This year's recruitment was definitely a challenge with the new advi-
sor transition. But JD and every girl on the council worked really hard, and as a result of our hard work, recruitment numbers
were the best they've been in a long time."
"This is the first year in Samford history that every sorority made quota on bid day," said Casto, "and I think that's just a
reflection of the amazing women that make up these sororities."
From social functions to service, the Greeks at Samford do it all, and it wouldn't be possible without the help from the
people who make up the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council.
Searching for Sisters: A Rush Diary
By Emily Hart
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Austin Blchardson
It was just before 6 p.m. when the teacher let us out of
aerobics class. My friends and I had exactly five minutes to
get from Bashinsky Field House to Reid Chapel for the first
recruitment meeting. As my friends and I stumbled through
the front doors of Reid, we were soaking wet from the rain
and smelly in sweaty, workout clothes. We laughed as we
saw every other girl in the chapel dressed to the nines, while
we felt nasty and unpleasant to be around.
The meeting began and we were given bags with our
recruitment t-shirts, name tags, a pen and a "Go Greek" but-
ton. After going over the rules and regulations of recruitment,
my friends and I wished each other good luck and went our
separate ways to our Rho Gam groups. In our groups, we dis-
cussed the details of rush: where we were to meet every day
and what to wear to each party. Lauren, my leader, calmed
our anxious nerves as she answered all of our questions and
addressed our concerns. That night, my roommate and I had
friends over to help us choose our outfits for the philanthropy
parties, theme parties and preference day.
I woke up on Friday, and all I could think about was
recruitment and what I was going to face that evening. Little
did I know that I would have a fairy-tale rush story. The
whole day, I made eye-contact with various sorority girls and
tried to assess if they had seen my picture and what they had
heard or thought of me. The school day was finally over, and
it was time for me to begin recruitment and attend my first
I walked into sorority quad where lines were forming in
front of each house. It was about five minutes before I was to
go into my first party, when girls inside starting banging on
windows, chanting and singing sorority songs. My mouth,
I am sure, was hanging wide open; I did not know what was
going on or what I had gotten myself into. There was one
minute left and every girl in west campus started to count
down. Ten, nine, eight... Before I knew it, I was walking into
my first party.
I entered the house and immediately a girl whom I had
never seen before, placed her hand on my back and led me
into their chapter room. The room was uniquely decorated
from the ceiling to the very chair I sat in. I had to keep in
mind that after recruitment was over, the decorations would
not be there; it was the girls I had to fall in love with. I had
great conversations with all the girls I met. The presenta-
tion about their philanthropy stole my heart, and they sang
songs about who they were and what their sorority meant
to them. My time in that house was up, and I was led out of
the house by another one of the amazing girls in the sorority.
But the night wasn't over; I had two more houses to go to. By
that point, I knew the drill and was no longer anxious about
the process. I was excited and just could not wait to enter
Saturday was the last day of philanthropy parties, and I
only had two parties left to attend. After the philanthropy
parties ended, I assessed my experience at each of the five
houses and voted on my top three. Sunday afternoon, I
wondered if my Rho Gam leader would come to tell me that I
had been cut. Instead, I gladly rejoined my group and received
my schedule to see which theme parties I would attend. To
my surprise, the houses I was invited back to were the exact
houses I had chosen as my top three.
In utter shock and excitement, I walked over to west
campus and stood in anticipation of what had been planned
for Theme Night. The sororities I preferred were starting to
become clear and I knew exactly which house I wanted to be
in. I literally skipped to Divinity Hall to place my votes for
my top two houses.
Monday morning, I woke up and glanced over at the
clock. It was 7:31a.m., and my Rho Gam had not visited me
with any bad news. I was home free and would return to at
least one house for pref night! The day passed at lightning
speed and the information in class truly did go in one ear and
out the other. Finally, it was time to start Pref Night. I met
my Rho Gam group in front of Vail. All the girls in my group
were overjoyed but nervously quiet on the way to dinner. I
opened my slip of paper and I was amazed when I saw that
I was invited back to not one, but both of my top choice
houses! All I wanted to do was skip dinner in the Caf and
head straight to west campus. My Rho Gam leader informed
us that tonight would be very different; there would be no
banging on windows and doors, and there definitely would
be no screaming. She said one thing I will never forget: "If
you are going to cry during rush, this will be the night." I
just laughed and blew it off. I thought to myself that would
definitely not be me; after all, I am not emotional and rarely
cry. Was I in for a surprise!
Going into the parties that night, I knew what soror-
ity I wanted to be a part of and couldn't wait to visit those
precious girls again. The first house I visited that night was
the house I truly knew I wanted to be in, and it became even
clearer that night. As I walked into the house, all of the girls
were dressed in black, and the room was covered with flow-
ers. A special someone, the very first girl that rushed me in
this house, placed her hand on my back and sat me down. As
I looked across the room, I saw two girls holding each other's
hands, crying, as they heard the words spoken by their fellow
sisters. It was a moving night. With that special girl's hands
on my shoulder, I realized once again that I did not want to
leave that house but wanted to stay there forever.
Next, the older girls led us to tables around the chapter
room and that special girl began encouraging me and telling
me about the qualities she saw in me, and I just knew it was
coming: the tears started rolling down my cheeks. When she
left, we hugged and I felt as though we had been childhood
friends and already knew everything about each other — it
was a feeling of belonging. Different girls came and talked to
me that night, confirming once again that I wanted to be no
where else but right there in that house. After my second and
final party, we walked in silence to Divinity Hall where I had
to choose the sorority I wanted to be in. I could not wait. The
decision was so clear; it took about three seconds before I was
out of that room and dying for the results of the next day.
Tuesday was extremely slow. I was in classes until 3 p.m.,
not leaving much time to think about rush. That evening, I
went to meet my Rho Gam group. When I walked out of Vail
Lobby and saw the girls in my group, I felt nervous and began
to wonder if things had panned out the way I had hoped. We
walked into a packed Bashinsky Field House. All along the in-
door track, parents, friends, and students had come to watch
Squeal. Each sorority was grouped together chanting their so-
rority name and simply overflowing with excitement. After a
short program and the reveal of the Rho Gams' affiliations, it
was time. I quickly opened my envelope. I read over it several
times trying to comprehend what it said and finally, I saw the
words I wanted to see, ALPHA DELTA PI! I didn't know what
to do, so I grabbed my purse and just started running over to
the ADPi girls and was bombarded with hugs. Alpha Delta Pi
was my new home!
Food, Friends and Frats:
, A Rush Diary
By Calvin Fields
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Laura Armstrong
Coming to Samford, I knew little of fraternity life and its complexity. My mother had been a Chi
Omega at the University of Kentucky, but my only way of knowing this was from the old wooden
sorority paddle I saw in times of unrest. I had heard some stories from friends who pledged at large
state schools, but on a whole, I was clueless. I knew I wanted to rush because I favored the thought
of a close brotherhood, but I was naive to what rush even meant.
I asked every person I met for the first few weeks of school their opinions on fraternities and the
reputation each one held. I was in search of information, and as I went to pre-rush events and met
the men in each fraternity, I discovered the quality of people in the fraternities. My newfound friends
on my hall and I discussed this almost nightly. We tried to discern what was pretense and what was
genuine sincerity. As a whole, we were somewhat confused about where we hoped for a bid and very
The first night of rush included a lot of handshaking and smiling; it seemed like a fagade, but you
can't expect much more with a limited time allotted at each house. The next night, we were allowed
to go to any house we wanted. The evening was spent getting to know the brothers in each frater-
nity. I remember saying my name and hometown for what seemed like a million times and meeting
more people in one night than I had in my whole life. Walking towards Smith Hall afterwards, I had
narrowed my fraternity list down to two.
The next night was Brother's Night In, an invitation-only-event with good food and more
conversation. I walked to my Samford mailbox that afternoon and pulled out my invitations for
Brother's Night In. I was pleased to find that my top two choices had invited me back to their
houses. I left hungry that evening, hoping to discover which of the two fraternities I would join. I
had more meaningful conversations with the brothers and asked some harder questions about their
organization. When it was time to leave, I left with a group of friends to go back and talk about our
We went to a friend's room to discuss our feelings on rush and the different fraternities we spent
time at. We decided that regardless of where we pledged, our friendships must stay intact. We voiced
support for each others' decisions and prayed for guidance together as we prepared to pledge. Most of
us left the gathering with our minds set on one fraternity, myself included.
The next day, I checked my mailbox to look for an invite to Brother's Night Out, the final night
of rush. I was excited to see I got invited back to the house I wanted, along with many of my friends.
We carpooled to an alumni's house for more discussion and food, apparently a reoccurring theme of
rush. I was able to talk to many of the brothers I hadn't met yet. They made me feel even more at
peace, affirming my decision to be there. The brothers told us the plans for the next day, Walkout
Day, and what to do if we got a bid.
On Walkout Day, dressed in coat and tie, my friends and I signed our bids, officially becoming
Sigma Chi pledges. Our pledge class began the journey towards brotherhood. I was no longer clueless,
but knew the ins and outs of rush, looking at the journey ahead and excited because of the fellow
men standing next to me in coat and tie.
What it means to be Greek
By Sloan Schmidtke
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
I went through rush pretty much for the same reason everyone does — to meet people. Not to mention, if I pledged, I
would become the fourth generation of Greek women from my family — no pressure.
Looking back over the past year-and-a-half as a Chi Omega, I have definitely met people that have shaped me and pushed
me for the better. The rest of the Samford community tends to think it's impossible to be best friends with 37 other girls in
a pledge class — and they are completely right. Although 1 don't know the deep dark secrets of each of my pledge sisters, I can
say that I have learned something from or been impacted by each one of them.
I realize how much I love them when I am having a bad day: I see 10 familiar smiling faces greet me while walking to class,
and they truly seem to care about how my life is going. In moments that I need a study break, I can walk down the hall and
watch an episode of "Friends" with friends who also laugh at Ross Geller's awkwardness. Being Greek and living in the base-
ment of the house with 18 sorority sisters also means always having an available coffee date or someone ready to do something
on the spur-of-the-moment. These girls are special and irreplaceable to me simply because they are always there for me.
I think another misconception of Greek life is that once you pledge a sorority or fraternity, you instantly forge
life-long relationships. We found that our friendships did not form over night. I only knew 3 people in my pledge class after
recruitment was over. I can still remember looking at all the people in my pledge class on Bid Night thinking, "This is one of
the most awkward nights of my life! These girls are supposed to be some of my closest friends over the next four years, and
yet, I have never met any of them!"
Our excitement over shared experiences helped create these friendships. They bloomed after spending hours together
on pledge retreats, after completing lengthy and arduous hours of Step Sing practices, after living with 20 of them during a
Destin Spring Break, and after countless Caf dates, coffee-runs or movie nights in Vail.
Being Greek does not define me, but it has influenced me in ways I did not foresee. It provided me an instant niche
as I acclimated to college life during my freshman year. Though I have only known these girls for a little over a year now, they
never cease to amaze me. I have been shown what the fiercest type of loyalty to each other looks like. And when I am ques-
tioning or struggling with my faith or find myself starting to fall, I have sisters that are always ready and willing to encourage
me and to become my prayer warriors.
So, what does it mean to me to be Greeks I think that over the past 18 months as a Chi Omega, it has been the sin-
cere availability of people who truly love me for who I am and who will always encourage me to strive to stay true to myself.
Greek: Overcoming the Stereotype
Photo and Spread: Austin Richardson
I could rattle off remarkable statistics: that 85% of Fortune 500 execu-
tives are Greek, over 85% of college campus student leaders are Greek or
that Greeks volunteer 10 million hours of community service annually. But
facts and figures aside, the institution of social fraternities has polished
numerous individuals and honed copious leadership skills. Greek life is an
important establishment to many people, including members of Samford's
The imagined comforts of Greek life are here on campus — the bustling
frat party, mahogany paneled walls lined in composites, squealing women
on bid day and rows of girls in heels during chapter meetings. But what
I have come to adore about Samford Greek life is the unconventional
approach to a conventional college stereotype. One of the blessings of uni-
versity life is having an opportunity to jump into a community, to tread
water for a while until finding the right direction to swim towards. For
some, that direction has Greek letters.
The intense state school Greek atmosphere intimidated me before
college. Horror stories of rush, wild band parties and exclusivity may be
extreme examples, but regardless, I know that wasn't for me. While that
big school bark is worse than the initial bite, I found and love my niche in
Samford sorority world. I survived recruitment and have discovered that
life inside this Greek world defies the severe Hollywood fratty stereotype.
I quickly became involved by holding an executive office in my orga-
nization, but I love that it is not my only outlet here. Instead, I found
on-campus involvement encouraged by my sisters, who work tirelessly as
athletes, SGA officers, orientation leaders and Student Recruitment Team
members. We work together to keep our grades up, and a study room
downstairs in the house is the perfect quiet room, void of girls barging in
my room keen to chit-chat.
Here, I've never felt unhealthy competition between our Greek groups.
Heated perhaps during recruitment or Step Sing, but never malicious. My
best friend wears a different pin and walks into a different sorority house,
but she's as close to me as my real little sister.
My hope is that students at Samford will see that our organizations
truly attempt to uphold the morals mentioned in our creeds and respect
our rituals. The 13 Greek organizations form a community — joining every
other student, working to live in and better Samford. And that is some-
thing to "squeal" about.
Parties of the Year
By Carol Anne Autry
Photos: Courtesy of Greek Organizations
Spread: Austin Richardson
Every year, sororities and fraternities elect a social chair, better known as "party planners," to step up to the plate and
organize the most exciting events of the year. From Baron's games to barnyards, these Greeks cover it all and take pride in their
parties. This year was no exception as students put aside their books for a night and danced the night away with dates and
friends. Here are just a few of the favorite festivities that went on this year:
Alpha Delta Pi
Come, not as you are, was the theme of Alpha Delta Pi's 'Alter Ego" party. The girls and their dates masked their identity to
dress as the opposite of their true self. Nuns, gangsters, goths and preps all attended this contrasting festivity.
Alpha Omicron Pi
White candles and rose petals embellished the historic Rucker Place for Alpha Omicron Pi's semiformal "AOPi Rocks the
Night Away" This antique, white mansion overlooks Birmingham, giving the sisters and their dates a beautiful view on their
dance breaks. The entertaining band helped AOPi rock the night away.
Chi Omega traveled back to a time of petticoats and white gloves for their semiformal "Gone with the Wind." The charm-
ing Anderson Gail Farms was the perfect setting for their first-class affair. When they were not dancing, the girls drank "mock-
tails" under the stars.
The sisters of Phi Mu ventured into the wild for their party "Welcome to the Jungle." The Birmingham Zoo was theirs for
a night of dancing and animal watching. Lions, British explorers and Tarzan twirled beside one another, only taking a break to
hold a giant python.
Zeta Tau Alpha
The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha welcomed in their new members like rock stars. Decorated with piercings, tattoos and
crowns, "The Punk Rock Princess" party was a smash hit. Held at Workplay, the girls and their dates banged their heads along
with the punk rock band.
Lambda Chi Alpha
Lambda Chi Alpha's "Crescent Ball" was a grand slam. Held at the Hoover Met, the brothers and their dates overlooked the
baseball field as they grooved to the music. The dance floor extended outside, giving guests the choice to dance under the stars.
Pi Kappa Phi
Pi Kappa Phi's annual "Barn Bash" is a favorite of the brothers and their dates. Clad in overalls, cowboy boots and plaid
shirts, they spent the night two-stepping under the stars to a country band. Hayrides and a bonfire were icing on the cake to a
Fake snow, Santa's sled and reindeer transformed Sigma Chi's chapter room into the North Pole for their annual "Christmas
Party." Tacky sweaters, Santa suits and reindeer antlers were only a morsel of the Christmas characters represented. Trotline, a
favorite cover band in the south, completed the event.
Sigma Phi Epsilon
On a picturesque spring evening, the brothers of Sig Ep and their dates danced alfresco at their formal. Held at Gabriella
Manor, a Birmingham landmark built in 1938, the brothers cut the rug on a tented dance floor.
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Alpha Delta Pi: Setting the Standard
by Jessica Cunningham and Ashlyn Stall ings
Photos: Courtesy of Alpha Delta Pi
Spread: Austin Richardson
President and senior Amy Almand was positively roaring on her way
back from the Alpha Delta Pi national convention this summer. The Kappa
chapter of Alpha Delta Pi had won the prestigious Golden Lion Award once
again in Boston. One glance at the chapter's yearly activities explains why
Samford's ADPi chapter is one of the nation's best.
Fall recruitment brought 48 new girls to the ADPi house. The new
alpha members received invitations for a weekend slumber party alongside
their older sisters for Sisterhood Retreat.
For a party thrown in their honor, the new members grabbed dates and
costumes for their first event. Themed 'Alter Ego," pledge bash featured
sisters and their dates dressed opposite of their personality.
Junior Mallory Siler served as new member coordinator and dressed
as a thug for the festivity. "It was a great time for us to celebrate our new
alphas and our sisterhood in Alpha Delta Pi," said Siler.
Freshman Erica Breen enjoyed her first party dressed as a country girl
dancing to the sounds of Floyd the Barber. "The music was so different and
fun. Everyone just had a blast," she said.
At Homecoming, ADPi had another thing
to celebrate. Organized by spirit chair Chelsea
Hetrick, the ADPi float was creatively themed
"Impeach the Governors." The chicken wire and
tissue paper concoction won the coveted 1 st prize
The same hard work and spirit that was
poured into building the float was exhibited in
conducting ADPi's annual philanthropic event.
The Lion's Share Golf Tournament, directed by
philanthropy chair Lauren Welty, raised over
110,500. Proceeds went to the Birmingham Ron-
ald McDonald House.
"It is a way for us to get directly involved
with the Birmingham community," Welty said.
"So many philanthropies are national, but be-
cause we have an RMH here, we are able to actu-
ally go downtown and experience it firsthand."
Capping off an incredible semester, ADPi's
elegant semiformal was held in December, with
Homewood's Rosewood Hall serving as the
backdrop. Dancers escaped the crisp winter air
and hit the dance floor, which was filled with
sounds from the band, Tight Noise. Posing by
the graceful water fountain for pictures, girls
made sure to touch fingers to form their favorite
sorority hand symbol — a diamond, of course.
The Mallard Ball opened up the spring se-
mester for ADPi. The sisters, in full country and
hunting regalia, showed their Southern pride at
Camp Hargis. The ADPi's enjoyed smores, coun-
try music and even a line dance teacher.
New philanthropy chair Chelsea Hoffman
started the first annual Rock for Ronald Contest
to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Contes-
tants from around campus unleashed their inner
rockstars as they battled other contestants in a
fierce competition of Guitar Hero. Everyone had
free pancakes and shared plenty of laughs and
The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi enjoyed one last
party, their formal, as they ended a year of unbe-
lievable success. "Through Alpha Delta Pi. I have
met and grown to know people I would have
otherwise never known," said freshman Meagan
Sloan. "Because of the sorority, I strive harder to
uphold the high values and standards, not only
of ADPi, but of Samford University."
Alpha Kappa Alpha
By Brittany Todd
Photo: Courtesy of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Spread: Austin Richardson
The 2007-2008 school year has been an exciting time for the Omicron
Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. The chapter made history by becom-
ing the first African American Greek organization on Samford's campus in
1988, and they continue to carry on the legacy of philanthropy and service
20 years later. With this 20 th anniversary approaching in May and the
centennial anniversary of the national Alpha Kappa Alpha coming up in
January the girls of Omicron Mu have many reasons to celebrate.
Although AKA is a small chapter on campus, what they lack in num-
bers they make up for in involvement. This past year, the chapter was
involved in many activities both on and off campus. The girls participated
in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Birmingham in
On campus, the members worked hard to raise money for their philan-
thropy, the Sickle Cell Foundation. The philanthropy is of special interest
to the members of AKA because the disease is one that has affected many
in the African American community. AKA Vice President Jasmine Bolden,
a senior accounting major, said the disease has affected her personally
because she has a family member living with Sickle Cell Trait. This year,
members participated in the annual Sickle Cell Walk. "This event allowed
us to raise money for a good cause and learn more about the cause of the
disease and the effect that it has on the community," Bolden said. "We
were also able to get some exercise."
AKA members held their annual Skee Week in April. During this week,
the girls were able to raise money for both the Sickle Cell Foundation and
the March of Dimes through bake sales. They also hosted a movie night in
which they showed "The Pursuit of Happyness." The girls raised money
by selling drinks, but popcorn was served free of charge. Another activity
that AKA sponsored was a barbeque held in Ben Brown Plaza where they
sold barbeque sandwiches, chips and drinks. Dr. Westmoreland even joined
in on the fun and stopped by the booth for a bite to eat and a picture.
Members also participated in informal activities and outings through-
out the year, as well as activities with other chapters across the nation.
Bolden said being a part of this organization and associating with other
chapters across the nation have greatly enhanced her college experience.
"I am an only child, and being a member of AKA has allowed me to have
tens of thousands of sisters," Bolden said. "I have learned more about the
organization and about myself as an individual. I have been able to develop
my leadership skills and make lifelong friendships."
With all of the upcoming anniversaries of the Omicron Mu chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Bolden said members have many activities planned on
campus and in the community to celebrate the milestones of this organiza-
tion. "The national office has activities planned as well. We are currently
in the process of finalizing our calendar for the spring," she said. "We want
to thank all the members of the Samford community who have supported
us and hope that we can continue to count on their support in the years to
Alpha Omicron Pi:
A Special Year
By Libby Allen and Ashlyn Stallings
Photos. Courtesy of Alpha Omicron PI
Spread: Austin Richardson
The girls of Alpha Omicron Pi continued to bring their zealous spirit to
campus this year as they continued to grow rapidly in number. Multitudes
of philanthropy events and fabulous parties showcased a loyal sisterhood.
AOII sponsored several events to raise money for arthritis, their nation-
al philanthropy. The creative "Stars for Arthritis" event offered sponsors'
names on a paper star in Samford's food court, while sisters worked to
collect stuffed pandas for arthritic children during "Panda-monium." AOII
girls also volunteered in the Old Howard 100 event. "I'll admit that seeing
a couple of Samford professors in spandex on road bikes threw me for a
loop," sister Nancy Vander Veer said.
Their annual "AOII in the Face" in Ben Brown Plaza also helped raise
funds for arthritis and the sorority had girls proudly participate in Birming-
ham's Walk for Arthritis.
Social chair Kathryn Galphin kept girls and dates on their toes with her
party planning. Fall Ball was themed "Perfectly Matched," and immacu-
lately paired couples danced the night away under Vulcan's watch. After
a beautiful winter formal in downtown Birmingham, sisters came back in
the spring to a semiformal at the Birmingham Zoo Lodge. Lights and roses
added to the atmosphere that Galphin really enjoyed. "Semiformal was my
favorite party because I had fun planning it all and enjoying the benefits of
my hard work," she said. "Every sister was dancing and the desserts were
almost gone by the end of the night!"
A cookout with the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Lambda Chi
Alpha topped off the spring social calendar as the boys grilled hamburgers
and hotdogs for the gathered Greek community.
But the girls most enjoyed belonging to the AOII house the night
before the cookout. A sisterhood sleepover party was a hit for the entire
sorority. Chick flicks reigned on the big screen until girls cut loose and held
a sorority-wide game of sardines in the house. The ladies of Alpha Omicron
Pi are a close knit group. "This was truly a special year for us, and we are
all so excited to see what this upcoming year holds for us," member Carter
Chi Omega: Exceeding Expectations
By Sloan Schmidtke
Photo: Courtesy of Chi Omega
Spread: Austin Richardson
Chi Omega's fall of 2007 was a whirlwind of activity. It all started with
a long, yet successful week of recruitment. After the final bid list was read
to the chapter on Bid Night, President Betsy Martin said, "If this stellar
pledge class we just got is any indication of how our year is going to go,
I couldn't be more excited." With a pledge class of 49 new "Hooties" Chi
Omega celebrated with a themed "Peace, Love and Chi O" party, thrown in
The new pledge class had their pledge retreat at the Big Oak Girls
Ranch, which is Chi Omega's local philanthropy. The Big Oak Girl's
Ranch is a home for girls whose parents need help supporting them.
The new members were not the only ones to spend time at the ranch.
There were Chi O's there almost every weekend, babysitting the girls to
enable the parents to have a night off.
Chi Omega spent a great deal of time also working with its national
philanthropy, Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to children with life
threatening illnesses. During the first week of school, the chapter was able
to grant the wish of a 16-year-old boy in the Birmingham area. Chi Omega
was able to buy him a computer with money they had raised the year
before during an 80s-themed dance party.
In October, Chi Omega hosted a Charity Denim Sale that also raised
money for Make-A-Wish. The sale featured over 200 pairs of designer jeans
at discounted prices. Chi Omega raised over S6,000 from the jean sale
along with money raised from letters sent to businesses asking them to
support the philanthropy Coordinator of the Charity Jean Sale, Rebecca
Stivender, said, "I couldn't have asked for anything more successful."
After working so hard for their philanthropies, it was time to end the
year with a formal affair. Celebrating the semester in a "Ritz, Glitz and
Glam" theme, Chi Omega danced the night away at the Highland Hotel
with music from the band Second Comings.
Chi Omega's spring semester started off by welcoming 48 new Chi
Omega sisters into their chapter after the freshman pledge class completed
After initiation weekend, Chi O's dove right into rigorous Step Sing
practices in preparation for another stellar performance. "The Lost Boys"
stole the show with a perfectly executed routine to songs such as "Die
Another Day" "Born to be Wild" and "Forever Young."
As defending champions of the Derby Days trophy, Chi Omega set to
work during the week of Derby Days to help Sigma Chi raise money for its
philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network. The sisters of Chi Omega won
the 1 st place trophy for the second year in a row.
As the year's end was quickly approaching, Chi Omegas and their dates
headed out to a plantation on Anderson Dale Farms for a semiformal in
Scarlett O'Hara style. The sisters danced under the moonlight to the band
Jordan and the Four Kicks.
By Sallianne Prothro
Photos: Courtesy of Phi Mu
Spread: Austin Richardson
President Lindsey Ferguson could not be more pleased with her soror-
ity. "It has been a fantastic year for Phi Mu," Ferguson said. "We started
off with a great recruitment, and we were so excited to show off our
new decorations for Philanthropy Night in our beautiful, redecorated
house." Ferguson said the chapter's spirit on campus continued to increase
throughout the year with excellent performances in academics and intra-
Over Fall Break, the sorority partnered with Samford's University Min-
istries and Mountaintop Community Church in Birmingham for a mis-
sion trip to Bayou LaBatre, Alabama in order to aid in Hurricane Katrina
disaster relief work. The volunteers helped complete many projects over
the five-day trip, including roofing a house for a single mother and putting
in a new floor for an elderly woman. Ferguson, who went on the trip, said
Phi Mu's participation "exemplifies the character of Phi Mu girls who are
willing to get involved in service."
Phi Mu continued their faithful support of the Samford Bulldogs with
a packed schedule of events for Homecoming 2007. Right after Fall Break,
the sisters started constructing their Homecoming Parade float. Their
creative depiction of Samford's bulldog mascot and Austin Peay's governor
mascot garnered Phi Mu second place in the float contest.
Before the football game, the sorority participated with other organiza-
tions in hosting a tailgate on the Quad. "Tailgating was definitely a big hit
that weekend," Phi Mu homecoming director Emmy Goad said. "We set
up a big tent and grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, and had all sorts of other
food. We had a great time hanging out before the game with everyone."
Goad also had Homecoming t-shirts made for the girls of Phi Mu to wear
to the game, printed with the slogan "Impeach the Governors."
Later in the fall, the Phi Mu chapter worked very hard in raising money
to support their philanthropy Children's Miracle Network. "To me.
philanthropy is one of the main purposes of the sorority," philanthropy
chair Sarah Fort said. "It's for a group of women to get together and make
For their fall philanthropy events, Phi Mu participated with the Sigma
Chi fraternity, fellow Childern's Miracle Network supporters, in Trick-
or-Treating for pocket change on Halloween night. Going door-to-door
and asking for donations, the groups raised around 53,000 for Children's
Hospital in Birmingham.
On November 17, the Phi Mu chapter hosted its 13 th Annual 5K Race
in Heardmont Park. Proceeds from the race and a corresponding letter-
writing campaign totaled an astounding $43,000 in support for CMN.
Among all their hard work in academics, campus activities and phi-
lanthropy service, the girls of Phi Mu also took a few chances to kick back
and have some fun at their various parties. The highlight of the semester
was the semi-formal dance in November, held at the Huntsville Space and
Phi Mu social chair Meaghan
Roche planned the event. "The
theme was 'Fly Me to the Moon,'
meant to reflect the 'space race'
of the late 1950s and early 1960s,"
Roche said. The party started
with a buffet style dinner, and
then guests were allowed to tour
the museum. Tour guides were
available to answer any questions,
and the famed Mission to Mars
simulator also entertained guests.
Rhythms of a jazz band lured
dancers to the floor.
"It was definitely one of my top
five favorite parties," said Roche.
Senior Phi Mu Abbey Woodruff
agreed. "Semi-formal was a fun
and unique way to end the semes-
ter. No other party has been like
that, with such a cool location and
wide variety of things to do there."
Zeta Tau Alpha: More than Letters
By Carol Anne Autry
Photos: Courtesy of Zeta Tau Alpha
Spread: Austin Richardson
To the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, one aspect of a sorority reins above them all:
sisterhood. Awards and certificates cannot compare to Friday nights spent in the
chapter room laughing for hours, enjoying the delicious Caf food together every
lunch and dinner or dancing the night away with sisters at every party.
"The letters gave me an instant connection with my sisters, but through this
connection I have made lasting friendships that go deeper than letters or names.
My sisters in Zeta have been by my side for every good and bad part of college,"
junior exercise science major Tori Beckham said.
The sisters of Zeta value their philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness, as an
opportunity to influence the lives of women in their community and throughout
the world. Each semester, the sisters assemble "Think Pink" baskets to distribute
to women within Birmingham that are battling breast cancer. This year, Zeta
devised "Zeta Paints the Town Pink" to also raise awareness in the Samford com-
munity. The sisters passed cards throughout the women's dorms with informa-
tion about signs of breast cancer and encouraged the campus to wear pink. By
writing letters to family and friends, the women raised close to $6,000 for the
Zeta Foundation, which furthers research and education.
Not only did the women of Zeta actively participate in their philanthropy,
they were also involved with tutoring at McElwain Elementary School. For the
past three years, a large number of Zetas have given their Thursday afternoons to
spend with the children of McElwain.
"Knowing that I have the wonderful chance to impact kids lives just by giv-
ing up an hour a week has been such a rewarding experience," said Lexie Strong,
a freshman elementary education major.
Parties offer an opportunity for the women to escape from the stress of school
and dance the night away with their sisters. Zeta celebrated pledge bash punk-
rock style, complete with pink Converses and black ties. For their "Punk Rock
Princess" party, the women danced to a rock n roll band in the sleek atmosphere
of Workplay theater.
"This was such a fun party because for one night we became a different
person in every way, from what we wore, the music we listened to, to how we
danced," said sophomore elementary education major Katie Albertsen. "And I got
to wear suspenders; what could be better than that^"
For formal, the girls ventured back to a time of black-and-white movies and
long white gloves for their Old Hollywood party. A historic home decorated with
white lights and flowers provided a chic ambience to create the mood. The band
played a diverse selection of music, appeasing any taste.
The Zetas at Samford continue to put the words of their creed "to find satis-
faction in being rather than seeming" into practice everyday, from service in the
community to their involvement at Samford.
Sophomore family studies major Rebecca Rigell said, "Being a Zeta means
authentic friendships that will last forever, holding each other accountable to a
greater calling than this world and loving each other through everything."
Lambda Chi Alpha: Movi n' on up
Photos: Courtesy of Lambda Chi Alpha
Spread: Austin Richardson
Lambda Chi Alpha President Michael Phillips was pleased with the 2007 recruitment. "This year's rush, as always, was
a time when our brothers came together to share our brotherhood with others," Phillips said. Member Andrew Heckathorn
agrees. "We're still on the rise after getting back on campus two years ago and have had some good classes come through," he
said. And with all the activities Lambda Chi has on tap for a year, there's no better time to join.
Lambda Chi seeks to help their philanthropy on both the national and chapter levels. Heckathorn helped on both fronts
this year. "Our fraternity as a national organization holds the North American Food Drive. All the brothers participated and
really got out there to collect a lot of canned goods to represent Samford on the national fraternity level." Heckathorn said.
The brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha also support their chapter philanthropy, Kid One Transports, by raising money. The Kid
One organization is local to Alabama and works as a transportation service for families whose parents are sometimes unable
to pick up their children. The annual Volleyball Classic was successful again at the sand volleyball court outside the Lambda
Chi house. A women's league and a men's/coed league were offered to Samford students. On the delightful spring Saturday
spectators and players showed up to enjoy the games and grab a bite to eat. The women of Phi Mu and an independent league
won their prospective divisions.
The tornadoes of an Alabama April forced a brother's retreat from Tannehill State Park to the Birmingham YMCA, but
the brothers made the best of the all day retreat. Food hot off the grill satisfied hungry Lambda Chi's, who participated in a
fraternity-wide kickball and basketball game.
Among several brotherhood events offered throughout the year, the brothers worked to ensure that their date parties were
a success. Regions Park, home to the Birmingham Barons baseball team, was the backdrop for fall formal. At Christmas time,
the Lambda Chi house swung open its doors for all Samford students. Christmas music played while food was served to all in
In the spring, Lambda Chi's annual semiformal was held at the gorgeous Robert Trent Jones golf course. With a "Mardi Gras
Madness" theme, brother Christon Burns planned a party in which guests received masks and souvenir glasses. Brothers and
their dates enjoyed music, food and dancing — all with a New Orleans twist.
Lambda Chi has a new claim to fame this year. In the spring of 2008, Drew Davis was elected as SGA president. As a
member of Lambda Chi, Davis gained the brothers help with his campaign. Printing off and hanging fliers, designing a website,
ordering stickers and encouraging others to vote, the brothers of Lambda Chi did their part to ensure that Drew was elected.
"With all his brothers behind him, we think it worked," Heckathorn said.
With a packed calendar and on-campus achievements, the brothers are proud to see the voice of Lambda Chi getting stron-
ger and stronger.
Pi Kappa Phi: Welcome Freshmen
By Hayden Hamrick
Spread: Austin Richardson
The mission statement of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is "we will lead." It would ring true that the brothers of Pi Kapp have
done just that on Samford's campus this past year.
"I've never been more impressed with the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi than in the past year," said Hunter Pugh, a senior eco-
nomics major and Vice President in 2007.
The fall is always an exciting time for any Greek organization, and this past year was no different for Pi Kapp. The brothers
of Pi Kapp welcomed 33 new members, the largest pledge class of the fraternities at Samford for the fall 2007 recruitment. Soon
after recruitment in the fall was their semi-formal, Southern Gentlemen's Ball, at B&A Warehouse. "Though we threw the
party at a location different than usual, it really was a good time," said Patrick Baggett, a junior economics major.
Other fall parties for Pi Kapp included the Halloween Party with Lambda Chi, Chi O and Zeta and the traditional Barn
Bash. The Halloween party was hosted by Pi Kapp at their fraternity house. However, one might not have recognized the
house because it was decorated immaculately. A mote led into the Pi Kapp house, and inside were decorations and fog ma-
chines. Barn Bash has become an annual social gathering for Pi Kapp in the late fall. Celebrated at former brother Jim Steven's
farm every year, a country band, bonfire and a hayride entertain the ambiance.
Though the social events are an important aspect of the fraternity, they are not everything for Pi Kapp. This year, Pi Kapp
raised more money than ever for PUSH America, their national philanthropy. Every year, the brothers of Pi Kapp, led by the
new pledge class, raise money by pushing a wheelchair around campus collecting donations. This year, brothers could be found
in a group by the guard gate at any hour, even 4 a.m. "I am proud of the time we put into PUSH this year, and the money we
raised," said Matt Fennell, a sophomore communications studies major.
The brothers of Pi Kapp also volunteer at the Lakeshore Foundation, their local philanthropy, and Habitat for Humanity.
"I find great fulfillment in knowing that we have actively served the community, been active on campus and most of all, have
made lifelong friendships along the way," said Trey Nix, senior economics major and President of Pi Kappa Phi in 2007.
In the spring of 2008, Pi Kapp looks forward to Formal in early May, Brotherhood Retreat in April and an additional spring
The executive council for Pi Kappa Phi in 2007 included: Trey Nix, President; Hunter Pugh, Vice President; Harrison Irons,
Secretary; John Ward Weiss, Treasurer; CG Covey, Chaplain; Patrick Baggett, Historian; and Michael Suess, Warden.
"Being president of Pi Kapp has been one of the greatest experiences of my college career," said Nix. "More than anything
during my tenor as president, I am most proud that Pi Kapp stands for something."
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Sigma Chi: Seen and Heard
By Matt Campbell
Photos: Courtesy of Sigma Chi
Spread Austin Richardson
The 2007-2008 school year proved to be another
great year for the brothers of Sigma Chi. The frater-
nity's national philanthropies include the Children's
Miracle Network, adopted in 1992, and the Huntsman
Cancer Institute, adopted in 2005. The Pi Chapter joins
fellow Sigma Chi's nationwide and conducts Derby
Days to raise donations. This year, the chapter raised
over 110,000 for their chanties.
As the weather warmed up in April, the broth-
ers of Sigma Chi launched their week of Derby Days.
The weeklong event featured various activities for the
Greek women to compete in such as Birmingham-wide
scavenger hunts, Sign-a-Sig, relay games and more. The
fundraising festivities ended in a Sigma Chi house party
for the participants.
But their philanthropic spirit didn't stop there.
Brothers joined other Samford Greeks to participate in
tutoring and cleaning at McElwain Elementary. Sigma
Chi also took part in the Mercedes Marathon, Relay for
Life and the Shades Mountain Fish Roundup.
Another important aspect of the fraternity was their
alumni relations. During Homecoming festivities in
October, Sigma Chi hosted an alumni barbecue where
brothers greeted over 120 alumni as they returned to
Samford and visited their chapter. Food was spread
on tables under a tent complete with televisions for
diehard SEC fans to catch every last second of the early
Sigma Chi was not silent on the social front and had
parties with varying themes and organizations. The
social calendar began with a toga party in September, a
fall band party in the middle of football season and the
traditional Sigma Chi Christmas party in December.
Spring semester saw a "Sweet Home West Virginia"
party — a themed event for guests to pull out their best
redneck attire and stomp to a country band. The fra-
ternity formal was held at the Tennessee Aquarium in
Chattanooga, where dates danced into the early hours
of the morning in the company of beautiful and exotic
Their hysterical Step Sing show may have garnered
the fraternity the coveted sweepstakes award, but that
doesn't mean they are kicking back. The brothers of
Sigma Chi strive for excellence in all areas of campus
life, attempting to remember the past, embrace the
present and plan for the future.
Siema Nu: Building F
By Ryan Posniak
Photo and Spread Austin Richardson
Not one person can deny the fact that Sigma Nu is truly a band of
men who regard each other as family. Through what can only be deemed a
rough fall 2007 semester, the brothers' unity and loyalty to each other and
their letters was clear. After an unfortunate incident that involved alcohol
during Pledge Bash, the fraternity was placed on university suspension.
Through rough waters, these men certainly displayed their depth of char-
acter in the way that they remained stable and allied, though much was at
Though the house has been temporarily renamed "Building F," Sigma
Nu has not forgotten what their purpose as a chapter is. The bothers have
demonstrated their determination by remaining loyal to several charities
despite the lack of being officially recognized on campus. They supported
Old Howard 100, tutored children at McElwain Elementary School and
helped out with Habitat for Humanity.
Sigma Nu also kept up their amazing football game turnout, as the
brothers fill the end zone and bring energy and support to the Bulldogs.
But they are just as comfortable on the field as well, as their aggressive and
impressive flag football and soccer skills are on display during intramural
games. Rounding out the year, the beloved "Nusball Dirty Dozen" team
remained strong, albeit in their spandex shorts, jean shorts (affectionately
called "jorts") and pink helmets. There is never a dull moment watching
Though they celebrate it as if it was a national holiday, Talladega
weekend is something to mention but not expound the details. So, despite
the fact that all of their community involvement might lead one to believe
that they are too serious for a good time, one must not be fooled. With a
roomier social calendar than usual, brothers Jonathan Flowers and David
Yerger started Tuesday Night Date Night, adding a twist to the classic
dating scene. The two boys treat friends to a night of tons of fun and new
memories for a break during the week.
Next fall, Sigma Nu will be officially recognized again as the brother-
hood they truly are. With their recognition, they plan on being more
involved on campus and becoming one of the more upstanding organiza-
tions at Samford's. "Building F" will become the Sigma Nu house again in
the Fall — branded with their "IN" letters above the door. "We are not going
to let one small mistake in the past hold us back. We plan on being the
strongest we have ever been next year," said chapter member Aaron Weber.
Sigma Phi Epsilon: Getting Better All the Time
By Jessica Cunningham
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
Sigma Phi Epsilon's Alabama Gamma chapter started the new semester
with a bang. "Being back up to twenty-five members has been a tough ride,
but it has definitely been worth it," said senior Austin Richardson.
The seven new pledges bonded with the older brothers at a Halloween
party scavenger hunt. SigEp's took pictures at various locations in Birming-
ham and at Samford for the hunt, then ended at a brother's house. There,
the brothers partied the night away with snacks, music, dancing and a
scary movie. To end the night, judges gave away prizes for best costume
and winners of the scavenger hunt.
SigEp hosted the first annual "Big Steve Hug-a-thon" to support their
national philanthropy, the T.A.K.E. Foundation. Girls and even a few guys
emptied their pockets to hug freshman heartthrob Steve Harford. The
priced Only SI per hug.
"It was just a funny idea, but we were really able to help the T.A.K.E.
Foundation," Harford said. The event raised over $150 for SigEp's philan-
The T.A.K.E. Foundation, a self-defense training program started by a
Kansas University SigEp, develops comprehensive safety awareness semi-
nars for women.
Sophomore Ferrell Armstrong believes the seminar is so important "be-
cause there has been such a high crime rate for the past couple of years in
Birmingham. It is so important for people, especially women, to be aware
of their surroundings and know how to react in crises," he said.
In December, Samford SigEp's partnered with Alpha Delta Pi to host a
campus-wide self-defense workshop for students. A campus safety officer
offered advice and instruction to attendees.
A Super Bowl party at an alum's house and the official spring rush kick-
off began the new year for SigEp's. Festivities at Jim N' Nicks and Buffalo
Wild Wings restaurants helped the brothers sign four new members.
The semester was full of fun events, such as a cookout with the ladies
of AOPi and the brothers of Lambda Chi. SigEp's formal was held at the
luxurious Gabrelle Manor. The brothers enjoyed dancing, music and most
of all, a chocolate fondue fountain.
The SigEps traveled down to Gulf Shores for a relaxing brotherhood
retreat where they ended a truly successful year and emphasized the
importance of brotherhood for Sigma Phi Epsilon. Freshman member RJ
Harden said, "Sigma Phi Epsilon has truly shaped my freshman year experi-
ence. Through the fraternity and my brothers, I have gotten involved with
numerous philanthropies, played in intramural sports and made lifelong
Hanna Center Expands
By Kaitlm McCulley
Photos: Becky Ellenberger & Austin Bichardson
Spread: Austin Bichardson
On the morning of October 18, an aura of prestige and
elegance surged throughout the 132,000 square-foot Pete
Hanna Center, bouncing against the high arched ceilings and
sliding down the palace-like stairways. The early morning
sunlight caught the construction dust in mid-air, only to be
swept away hours later by the thousands of students, faculty
and alumni that rushed up the freshly-paved walkway into a
dome of possibilities for Samford Sports.
Homecoming festivities cemented the multi-purpose
facility into Samford history by utilizing its unique capability
to hold lectures, concerts and athletic events. Samford guest
speaker Walter Issacson, author of "Einstein: His Life and Uni-
verse," was the first to take the stage of the 5,000 seat arena
dedicated to Thomas E. and Maria H. Corts, followed by the
country music group Little Big Town.
For athletics, the opening of 'The Pete,' as students say,
launched Samford into a new level of competition in all
Junior volleyball player Jackie Jaszcz suffered a season-
ending knee injury in 2006 and is glad to play in the new
"The new floor has springs under it and provides cushion
when we jump. After playing in Seibert, where the floor is
basically wood over concrete, you can really feel the differ-
ence," Jaszcz said.
The new floor served the team well; they ended their sea-
son by defeating top-ranked Morehead State in three consecu-
tive games on November 10. The lady bulldogs were the first
to host a conference team in the Corts Arena.
Both the men's and women's basketball teams contin-
ued the Corts success streak by winning their first games in
the arena. The men's team took down the Lindsey Wilson
Blue Raiders in an exhibition game on November 5, and the
women's team triumphed over SEC opponent Alabama for
the first time in Samford history on November 13.
Although the inauguration of the Pete Hanna Center
brought many firsts to Samford's campus, Samford's long-
standing core values arise from the very foundation of the
The building's namesake, Pete Hanna, credited a student
in his 1955 Howard College class with leading him to make
the most important decision in his life — accepting Jesus
Christ as his Savior. At Hanna's request, a plaque with the
words of John 3:16 inscribed at the top is featured prominent-
ly in the lobby of the Hanna Center.
"The Pete Hanna Center is an amazing facility to play in.
It is at the top of our league," said senior basketball center
All Samford varsity athletes are grateful for the new locker
rooms, the new weight room with new equipment and the
state-of-the-art training room.
Assistant Athletic Trainer Brandon Evans said the training
room in the Hanna Center measures 360 square feet, roughly
twice the size of the old training room. The old training room
had seven treatment tables and two 80-gallon, manually-
controlled whirlpool tubs; the Hanna Center training room
boasts 12 new treatment tables and two 350-gallon, electroni-
cally-controlled whirlpool tubs.
"It's really nice having everything right there. We have the
locker room right next to the training room, which is beside
the weight room. We don't have to go very far to get in a
good workout," said Peterson.
Varsity athletes are not the only ones who benefit from
the Hanna Center. A fitness and wellness center complete
with aerobic and weight training equipment is free of cost for
all Samford students, faculty and alumni.
According to Campus Recreation, the cardio area of
the fitness center includes eight treadmills, eight elliptical
machines and four stationary bikes; each is equipped with a
flat-screen television. The fitness center is open from 6 a.m.
until midnight Monday through Thursday in order to suit the
erratic schedules of most college students.
Before the Hanna Center opened, freshman Hannah
Wilhoite sat cross-legged on the discolored mats of the Cage
floor and waited until one of the two other girls using the el-
liptical machines finished using the machine. The girls had 20
minutes left in their workouts.
"I am so glad that I don't have to wait for an elliptical
machine anymore. It's really nice," said Wilhoite.
Some students never used the equipment in the Cage in
an effort to avoid the staph bacteria that plagued Samford's
campus. Sophomore sports medicine major Jacinda Koziara
linked conditions in the Cage to the spread of staph infections
"The humidity coming from the pool flows right up the
spiral staircase and into the Cage. Anytime you provide a
humid environment, you're asking for micro-organisms to
grow," said Koziara.
In the new fitness center, students exchange their Samford
identification cards for clean towels as they enter the facil-
ity All patrons wipe down the equipment before and after
each use and toss used towels in a wastebasket when they
complete their workout.
"I think that more students are working out as a result of
the clean facility, and that contributes to the overall well-
being of Samford students," Koziara said.
Koziara unwittingly spoke to Samford's mission — to
nurture the entire person. As the last brightly-colored speck of
Homecoming floated away the Pete Hanna Center secured its
place in Samford athletics "...for God, for learning, forever."
By Val Kikkert and Matt Robertson
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Austin Bichardson
"Nothing quite compares to the excitement of a big-time
sporting event on campus," sophomore Steven Williams said.
Williams was often found painted up at various Samford
athletic events this year. Some might say he "bleeds red and
Samford's team behind the team began to show its true
color this year. Red.
The Red Sea, which stemmed from the Dog Pound, is an
athletic booster club that is geared toward the student body
to build support for Samford athletic events. There were
1,300 members this year, which is the most the organization
has ever seen.
The Dog Pound began with 50 members in 2001. Member-
ship fees were S25 and there was a lack of enthusiasm from
the students to join this group. As a freshman excited about
college athletic events, senior marketing major Gavin Mayo
resolved that something needed to be done for the student-
body to make the most out of athletic events.
In 2004, he proposed his ideas for change to the athletics
department for the support behind Samford athletic events.
With help from Grant Lyons, Director of Marketing for Ath-
letics, and support from fellow students, Mayo initiated vot-
ing for a new name and image for the team behind the team.
The name, Red Sea, was decided upon by the student body in 2005
and has been a work-in-progress ever since. This year, the Red Sea
Committee became an established group of ten students who met once
a month to discuss how to better promote athletic events and also the
details involved in incorporating the fan base into each event.
"The committee serves as the liaison between students and athletes.
They encourage the students to attend the events and communicate
with the athletes to find out what brings energy from the stands," Lyons
Lyons also said the focus of the committee is to figure out how to get
people at every athletic event, not just the basketball and football games.
This year, Mayo and junior exercise science major Ruth Amagliani served
as co-presidents of the committee and organization overall.
So how does the Red Sea recruit members to pay the $10 fine to join 1 ?
Easy. A T-shirt and community sponsor benefits.
Some of this year's sponsors include Coca Cola, WingZone, Fire-
house Subs, Seattle Drip, Sport Clips and Regions Bank. As a member, a
student received discounted prices to these places. Throughout the year,
gift cards to Best Buy an XM portable satellite radio and an ipod were
among the giveaways to Red Sea members. Red Sea faculty sponsor and
Assistant Marketing Director Ben Murchison was in charge of all the
sponsors this year.
Members also received an additional T-shirt created specifically for
basketball games, as well as a discounted price for the Homecoming
Football Game T-shirt.
Not only were the material giveaways appealing, but Red Sea mem-
bers had access to a priority seating in the new Pete Hanna Arena for
basketball games. Members could also receive a discounted price to the
Samford-Georgia Tech football game in September.
"The increase in membership this year gave us more money to play
with in terms of deciding on giveaways," Lyons said.
The next wave for the Red Sea is Lyons' goal of 75 percent participa-
tion from the student body by the year 2010. He said the key element to
the reality of this goal is time.
"I think it will take another three to four years to really get the Red
Sea established. It's like a head coach taking over a new team. It takes
time to adjust," Lyons said.
With the arrival of Pat Sullivan, the transition to the Southern Con-
ference and the new arena, the Red Sea has the attention of the student
body, Lyons said. Now it's a matter of getting everyone's support.
The athletes appreciate the Red Sea's impact on home events.
"The fans definitely have influence on the game," said senior basket-
ball player Travis Peterson. "When they are excited, it boosts our own
excitement, creating a better chance for us to win. They help create a
great atmosphere for us to compete in. They are definitely a part of our
success as a team."
Athlete involvement and promotion will be crucial in the upcoming
years for increased support, Lyons said. This year was a huge year for
the Red Sea, but the organization must continue to grow. All opponents
must leave with a red tint in their eyes and the remembrance of the roar
from behind the team.
A Different Routine
By Val Kikkert and Cassaundra Stinson
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
Pom-poms and pep go along with any cheerleading squad,
but at Samford the enthusiastic group on the sideline is so
This year marked the first year for head coach Niva Rober-
son, who teaches at Homewood High School across the street.
Roberson brought many changes to the focus of the squad
this year. One of her main focuses was for the squad to look
more collegiate. She made changes in the game cheers and
routines, and she attempted to incorporate more dancing to
the band songs.
She also wanted the girls to become more involved in the
Samford community. When the cheerleaders are recognized
on campus, they receive a better response from the fans dur-
ing the games, Roberson said.
The girls made this their focus as well. They said they
want more students to respect them as the cheerleading
squad who supports the team and initiates enthusiasm, rather
than just a group of girls with some catchy cheers.
Respect is what they desired, and more than respect be-
came what they deserved after their hard work in the 2007-08
Tryouts for the squad are in May, but a second tryout was
held in September. Tryouts are a two-day process in which
the girls learn routines and cheers in a clinic the first day, and
then actually try out based on the routines the second day.
The girls were selected based on cheer jumps, stunts,
standing and running tumbling skills and their enthusiasm in
the Samford Fight Song. Roberson changed some of the dance
to the fight song this year, so every girl, returnee or not, had
to learn this aspect of tryouts for the first time. Along with
the physical ability evaluations, each girl also had to apply
and interview with Roberson.
The composition of the squad is very young and differ-
ent from last year. There is only one senior among the 16-girl
squad, five of whom are returnees. September tryouts picked
up three additions to complete the squad for the year.
Sophomore Amanda Walker said there are many roles of
leadership on the team. Senior Lauren Hughston and sopho-
more Morgan Hargrove are in charge of leading cheers and
stunts. Walker gives devotions before practices, junior Emily
Paul is in charge of workouts and junior Brittany Tedford
serves as the communication between Roberson and the
"The team is so close. We talk about any issues we have
before practice and we don't hide anything from each other,"
A major role in the unity of the team lies in pre-season fall
camp, Walker said. Like the fall sports, the cheerleading squad
came to Samford early to prepare for the semester and year
ahead. During this time, they spent much time perfecting
their cheers and tumbling skills and learning the stunts for
the year's competitions and football games.
The last weekend before the start of school, the squad
went to the University of Louisville for an NCAA cheer-
leading competition in which they competed against other
schools from across the country in stunts and in incorporat-
ing pom-poms and signs in cheers. Walker said the routines
were evaluated based on their ability to get the crowd
involved. She said the stunts were elementary and mainly
focused on routine and prop incorporation.
Samford placed third in the girls-only Division One com-
Unique to this year are multiple competitions in which
the squad participated. The squad has not done multiple
cheerleading competitions in one year in a long time. Rob-
erson said she wanted to see her squad competing against
squads from other schools which will help her squad become
'As a squad, one of our biggest goals is competing and do-
ing well in competition," Hargrove said.
To achieve this goal, the girls spent long hours practicing
and perfecting their cheers and stunts each week to be ready
for competition and games. Practices were twice a week,
Mondays and Thursdays, for two hours each day. They also
spent two days, Tuesdays and Thursdays, working out in the
weight room with Strength and Conditioning Coach Tommy
Hargrove said the squad lifts weights and works on
tumbling at every practice to reduce the risk of injuries during
games and competitions.
While the girls do not view cheerleading as a major
commitment, they still know they are a part of a varsity sport
and therefore must give 110 percent to everything they do as
the Samford Cheerleaders.
Along with practices, games and competitions, the squad
spent time raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness this
year. They collected money at select football games and held a
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in early Spring.
While spending time transitioning to a more collegiate
style, the team was led to more developed cheers and stunts
and an increased incorporation of spirit on the Samford
"Our goal this year was for students and alumni to have
more school pride and spirit with Samford athletics. We want
to get more people involved," Walker said.
A New Era Begins
By Ben Hankins
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
This year, Samford University ush-
ered in a new era of Bulldog Football.
Former Auburn quarterback and
Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan
took the helm as the head football coach
at Samford, making him the program's
35 th head coach in history.
Sullivan's marquee signing with
the Bulldogs not only made headlines
nationwide, but also raised tremen-
dous expectations at our Shades Valley
The Sullivan era officially began on
Dec. 6, 2006, at the announcement of
Sullivan's hiring, but most would say
it began in the team's season opener
against in-state opponent West Ala-
The Bulldogs entered the season-
opening game coming off a 3-8, 1-7
OVC record in 2006 under former head
coach Bill Gray, and were eager to begin
Sullivan's career as a Bulldog on a good
Samford didn't disappoint, posting a
nail-biting 23-21 victory over the Tigers.
Senior receiver Joe Jones said the
win felt great, emphasizing the impor-
tance of beginning the Sullivan era with
"I can't emphasize the excitement
he's brought to our program," Jones
said. "We were out there playing our
guts out for him."
After suffering a blistering 69-14
loss to FCS opponent Georgia Tech the
following week, the Bulldogs bounced
back with back-to-back wins at Seibert
Stadium over Presbyterian College and
OVC foe Southeast Missouri, notching
the Bulldogs at 3-1 on the season.
Following the two home wins, the
Bulldogs battled three straight con-
ference losses to Eastern Kentucky.
Tennessee-Martin and Austin Peay,
The most frustrating of those losses
was the latter. After the head-scratching
loss to Austin Peay, in which the Bull-
dogs out-gained the Governors by more
than 200 yards of offense, Sullivan said
the team's mistakes in the red zone
were killing them. He also said the team
had to take more advantage of its op-
portunities in opponents' territory.
The Bulldogs had no trouble
responding to the coach's challenge,
rattling off an impressive 59-52 win on
the road at Tennessee Tech. During the
game, the Bulldogs tallied an uncanny
654 yards of offense. Senior quarterback
Jefferson Adcock threw for 472 yards
and senior receiver Jeff Moore had 260
yards receiving, both school records.
According to several team members,
the victory over TTU was an important
one for the program. Sullivan worked
under TTU head coach Watson Brown
while coaching as an assistant at UAB
"This game was a boost for us," Ad-
cock said. "It was our first road win of
the season, which was very important.
It was a back and forth game and I'm
glad we ended up on top."
Sullivan said he hoped the team's
fourth win would have ignited a late-
season rally for the Bulldogs, but the
Bulldogs fell back into their old habits,
dropping three straight decisions once
again to close out the season.
Two of those losses came at home at
the hands of in-state rival Jacksonville
State and Tennessee State. The Bulldogs
lost their season finale to 18 th ranked
While Sullivan admitted the team's
4-8 record was a disappointment, he
noted the team's many other accom-
The Bulldogs scored 26 points per
game — compared to 15 in 2006 — mostly
from going from being the league's sixth
best passing attack to second.
The Bulldogs' running game also im-
proved greatly, grinding out an average
of 153 yards per game; they averaged
95 yards rushing per game in 2006.
Red-shirt freshman running back Chris
Evans became the team's first 1000 yard
rusher since 1999.
The Bulldogs went from eighth to
fourth in the league in 2007 in total
offense. They also went from fifth to
third in total defense.
"There were a lot of improvements,"
Sullivan said. "We played a lot of young
players. We're going to miss the seniors
that have been here and done big
The biggest setback for the Bull-
dogs in 2007 was the lackluster play
of special teams. The Bulldogs came
out of spring practice still looking for a
punter and place kicker. Both positions
departed the team after the 2006 season.
Sullivan said the missed and blocked
field goals — along with erroneous
turnovers — were the difference in a
"The frustrating thing about this
year is if we could have gotten two or
three more wins, we would be leaving
with a good taste. We had a chance in
several games. If we would have played
a little more error free, we would have
had a chance to get those close wins.
Still, we had success, and I can't
thank our fans and students enough for
their support," he said.
Several players agreed with the
"It wasn't the season we were
hoping for. but I think we definitely
built up momentum for next year,"
Adcock said. The signal caller finished
his Samford career third among Bulldog
quarterbacks. "Record wise, we didn't
improve much but we put up some great num-
bers as a team."
Junior linebacker Rodney Shepherd also was
pleased with the season's outcome, and said he
looks forward to coming back for his senior year.
Shepherd led the Bulldogs in tackles (88) for the
second year in a row.
: 'We grew more as a team this year than in
^past seasons,'' Shepherd said. "We were able to
put more trust in each other. We didn't point
fingers like we have before."
Shepherd attributed the team's "growing up"
to the quality performance of the newly-instated
"Coach Sullivan is a great guy and he's put
together an excellent staff," Shepherd said. "Our
coaches are very passionate about what they do,
and they relate to us very well. They take pride
and put forth a lot of effort."
Sullivan said the revamped program is off to
a good start but still has a long way to go. He
also said the move to the Southern Conference
will require a more talented and skilled team.
"We've got to get more people in here that
can make plays," Sullivan said. "We had a chance
to win in each game we played. That's where
we've got to find somebody to make a pla
someone who can make a difference."
Sullivan also said those additional key play-
makers would give the Bulldogs a much needed
boost in the Southern Conference.
"We're really taking a step up," Sullivan said.
"We need a really good recruiting year to back
up last year and start increasing our talent level
in order to compete. From top to bottom, the
SoCon will be more talented than the OVC."
Sullivan cited the need for more improved
facilities to get the program on the fast track.
During the 2007 season, the Bulldogs held their
team meeting in the racquetball courts, watch-
ing game film while sitting on the floor.
With the Pete Hanna Center now gracing
Samford's campus, the team, along with several
other Samford teams, has a much more accom-
modating place to take care of business.
Sullivan said he was thankful for the "excel-
lent support" given to him by Athletics Director
Bob Roller and University President Andrew
"We all wish we could just twink our nose
and have it done right now," Sullivan said about
the rebuilding process. "The reality is it's going
to take some time to get it done. But we're on
the fast track to getting there."
Setting New Standards
By Jackie Jaszcz
Photos and Spread: Austn Richardson
Hard work pays off. The Samford volleyball
team proved that this season by making Samford
history. With depth to the roster and leadership
from the captains, the Bulldogs were able to gain
confidence and increase competitive play in their
last season in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Working hard from day one with two-a-day
workouts during pre-season training in early
August, the team had a breakout season. After
finishing last in the OVC the year before and be-
ing picked 10 th in the pre-season polls, the team
was out to prove everyone wrong.
"Our goals as a team were to make it to the
OVC tournament and to have a winning record,"
captain junior libero Courtney Gay said.
The team achieved the second of their two
goals with the first winning season in 20 years
of Samford volleyball history. Their first goal fell
shy when they lost the sixth place tiebreak in
the final OVC standings to rival Tennessee Tech
"I was very pleased with the first winning
record in school history," head coach Michelle
Durban said. "It was unfortunate that we didn't
make it to the OVC due to the tiebreak, but I
think having the first winning record in school
history is more important for the program to
continue to grow."
While the season was successful overall, it
began with a rough start. The Bulldogs began
competitive play at the Magic/Music City Invite
in Nashville where they fell to both Lipscomb
and Belmont. Although the season started off
slow, the team was hungry for a win.
The first victory of the season came when
they defeated UT-Chattanooga on August 29.
Gay set a new Samford individual record during
this match with 42 defensive digs, spurring up
excitement and motivation for the team on the
The season continued at the Samford Invita-
tional where they earned the championship title
defeating both Troy and Coastal Carolina. Soon
after, they traveled to Chicago for the DePaul
Invitational where they beat South Alabama
and Kennesaw State, but fell to DePaul in a close
five-game match. Their winning pre-season record gave the team
confidence and the feeling of preparedness entering into conference
The Bulldogs kicked off their first conference game of the season
with a win against Murray State, defeating the Racers 3-1. The
Bulldogs went on to win 1 1 of 20 conference matches, including
the match versus the top-ranked in-state rival Jacksonville State
"I think that the team was successful this year due to depth.
Every single person added something to this team and I think every-
one bought into the team mentality," Durban said. "The JSU match
at home was the most memorable game. We had a great crowd, and
for us to beat the number one team in the conference at the time, I
think showed everyone that this program has arrived," Durban said.
The Bulldogs were lead by senior captain Angela Dempski and
junior co-captain Courtney Gay.
"It was an amazing experience to be captain this year. I had a
run at it my sophomore season, but I feel that being a senior and
having more experience as a player made being a leader for the team
so much easier. I wasn't always the best captain at times, but it real-
ly helps when you have teammates who are so great and are willing
to follow your lead. Having Courtney as a co-captain was also really
helpful," Dempski said.
The season ended with a two-game winning weekend in the
new Pete Hanna Center. The match against Eastern Kentucky
University was the first official sporting event in the arena. The
Bulldogs swept the Colonels 3-0 to seal the first arena event with a
"We are really proud to be undefeated in the Pete Hanna Center.
Hopefully we can continue that streak into next season," sopho-
more middle blocker Shenden Stanghor said.
The last weekend of play sent seniors Dempski and Robin
Bishop off on a good note. They said they were happy about getting
to play their last two matches in the new arena.
The team finished 11-9 in conference matches and 16-13 overall.
Stanghor and freshman setter Hillary Fountain were awarded post-
season honors. Stanghor was named to the First Team All-OVC,
and Fountain was named to the All-Newcomers List.
"I think the team will be very good next year. Only one starter
graduated and 1 1 players are returning, so I think it will be another
competitive year of volleyball," Durban said.
However, after the conclusion of the season, Samford ath-
letics announced Durban as assistant athletics director for compli-
ance. She stepped down as head coach to fulfill her new role in the
Another big change for the team next year is the move to the
Southern Conference. Durban believes the team will be able to step
in and compete right away, especially with the boost of confidence
from coming off of a winning season.
There are major adjustments to be made in the program before
next fall, but the team is walking with their heads held high and
confidence set in their steps.
It takes time
By Britney Almaguer
Photos: Jon Londeen
Spread: Austin Richardson
The men's and women's cross country teams finished
their 2007 season with outcomes a little different than what
was originally expected.
As part of the sport, the runners are use to dealing with
setbacks such as injuries, but more than a few athletes found
themselves trying to overcome obstacles. From the very
beginning of the season, many of the athletes were plagued
with injuries. Rolled ankles, shin splits, back problems, stress
reactions, fractures and a case of severe anemia affected the
women's team this year.
Even though the women came in with multiple inju-
ries and low expectations for the season, they continued to
improve throughout the season. "I think the girls' team did
amazing as a group this season. We always have setbacks,
but this year we overcame more than ever," junior co-captain
Katie Almand said.
At the Ohio Valley Conference Championship held locally
at Spain Park in Hoover, the women earned second place as
a team. Senior Lauren Blankenship placed 1st in the 5k race
with a time of 17:26, followed by freshman Hillary Neal
in 7th place and sophomore Lauren Pilcher in 13th place.
Blankenship and Neal were named to the OVC First-Team,
All-Conference, and Pilcher was named to the second-team,
All-Conference. With her strong performances, Blankenship
was awarded OVC Female Runner of the Year for the third
time in her career, while Neal was named OVC Freshman of
The women's team went on to compete in the 6k NCAA
South Regional Championships against teams in the south
region. The meet was held in Gainesville, Fla. The women
placed eighth out of 20 teams. "I think our girls' team did ex-
tremely well. They ended the season better than what we had
expected at the beginning. Getting eighth at regionals was an
outstanding accomplishment and it bows well for the future,"
Coach Glenn McWaters said.
Their placement was not only a surprise to the women,
but to the other teams as well. "Everyone counted us out go-
ing into regionals, but we really came through and surprised
them in the end. We pulled together as a team and that is
what it's all about," Almand said.
Blankenship qualified for nationals placing in third overall
with a time of 20:45. Freshman Jillian Klassen was the second
runner to finish for the Samford women's team, followed by
senior Britney Almaguer. Pilcher came in at 23:16 and sopho-
more Ina Abies at 23:28.
The NCAA Nationals, also a 6k race, was held in Terre
Haute, Ind. Blankenship came in 24th receiving All-American
honors, which is an award recognizing the top 25 runners
in the nation. During the 2007 season, Blankenship was also
named OVC Athlete-of-the-Week three out of nine weeks.
"Overall I'd say that I had a really strong season," said
Blankenship. "There is nothing better than setting a goal,
working hard at it, and seeing results come from that. I have
no complaints for my last cross country season ever."
McWaters was pleased with his leader's last season as
well. "Lauren did extremely well. I was very happy and
pleased with her performance," McWaters said.
Although there were still a few of the athletes who did
not perform as they had anticipated, they are looking forward
to the next season. "This season was not what I wanted it to
be; struggling through repetitive rolling of my right ankle and
shin stress reactions, but the Lord has brought me through it.
I'm really looking forward to track season, and I hope that it
will go better," Abies said
Klassen felt that it was a season of growth. While fighting
a severe case of anemia most of the season, she still managed
to place well at Regionals. "The doctor said I was so anemic
she didn't know how I was walking up stairs on campus, let
alone running. I feel like God really used that time to draw
me closer to Him, as He continues to teach me to depend on
Him more. And perhaps I became a tougher runner too," she
While there were many notable performances on the
women's side, the Samford men's team came out of the
season very disappointed. With hard summer training behind
them, the men had held high hopes regarding their upcoming
"We were looking to do really well. We really had a strong
team coming into this year," senior co-captain Drew Ander-
The men had all nine of their runners as returnees from
the 2006 season, as well as two incoming freshmen: Scott
Cope and Ross LaPorte. 'At the time trials, we had the fastest
times that we've ever had. We were thinking we could pos-
sibly place really well at conference, if not win it. Unfortu-
nately it didn't pan out," Anderwald said.
The men had their own set of injuries ranging from stress
fractures to knee problems and even to stitches in a hand
resulting from pumpkin carving. With several men either
running with injuries or on the sidelines, the men placed sixth
out of 1 1 teams in the conference championships. Anderwald
led the way for the Bulldogs placing 13th with a time of
25:57, followed by red-shirt junior Bo Brawner who placed
20th and junior Cameron Bean who placed 24th. Anderwald
was named second-team, All-Conference.
Brawner echoed the men's disappointment, but with
another season of eligibility in cross country, he knows what
it is going to take to see improvement. "I think that everyone
else has just gotten better and we have not improved as much
as they have. Upping our mileage and starting a weight train-
ing or plyometrics regiment is the next step in helping the
team to reach our full potential," he said.
The men ended their season at the NCAA South Regional
Championships placing 15th out of 19 teams. Anderwald
again crossed the line first for the men with a time of 33:11,
followed by Brawner in 33:20, sophomore Chas Keithan in
34:29. Sophomore Patrick Ollinger had a time of 34:45 and
Cope had a time of 34:49.
The men and women cross country teams finished with
eyes focused forward as they continued to train and work
toward the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Running the Race of Perseverance
By Sarah Gardner
Photos: Courtesy of The Samford Crimson
Spread: Austin Richarsdon
The 2008 season brought multiple successes and individ-
ual honors for the men's and women's track and field team.
However, the team faced one of their greatest mid-season
challenges in school history: the dismissal of its long time
record-setting head coach, Glenn McWaters.
With the elders leading the way, this year's team, includ-
ing one of the largest freshmen classes in school history with
21, set and broke many school and personal records and
proved that adversity on the outside does not affect what
happens on the track.
Prior to the spring outdoor season, the team competed
in multiple indoor track meets for preparation. The achieve-
ments of the team were immediate. However, the OVC
indoor championships proved a tough trial for both teams as
both finished fifth, despite setting multiple school records.
"I'm proud that the team was able to set so many school
records during the indoor season," said sophomore middle-dis-
tance runner Elysse Rippe. "It says a lot about the conference
that we only placed fifth. Although it wasn't how we wanted
to finish, I think it helped because it motivated the team to
work harder and get better for the outdoor season."
The hard work from the indoor season became evident
when several individuals posted standout performances in
the first outdoor meet. Freshman Hillary Neal began her run
to OVC Freshman of the Year, setting a school record in the
1500-meter race and finishing first in the event. In addition,
eighteen Bulldogs placed in the top ten at the meet. Following
the first outdoor meet of the season, the Bulldogs made his-
tory when four athletes from the same school received OVC
honors in the same week.
The first Bulldog to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Region-
al Meet was senior All-Amencan Lauren Blankenship, who
won the women's 5,000-meter. Following her performance
at this meet, Blankenship was once again named the OVC
Female Track Athlete of the Week.
However, two other talented athletes walked away from
the meet successful, but without the harvest of their work.
Senior Michael Smith missed the regional qualifying mark
by only seven-tenths of a second while Neal set a new all-
time school record in the 1,500-meter event, but missed the
regional qualifying mark by exactly one second.
It was at this point in the season when it was announced
that 12-year head coach Glenn McWaters, who brought in
four conference championships and Coach of the Year awards,
as well as more than 150 school records, had been dismissed
from Samford's coaching staff. He was temporarily suspended
for a period of time before this announcement, but team
members and Samford Athletics did not disclose any informa-
tion until the official dismissal was announced.
Despite their confusion and sadness at the dismissal of
their head coach, the Bulldogs pushed forward with assistant
coach Chad James as the interim head coach. At the Georgia
Bulldog Unlimited, Smith qualified for the NCAA Mideast
Regional Meet in the men's 400-meter hurdles, overcoming
the trials of losing his head coach and missing the mark in
the previous meet. Also, Blankenship, along with seven other
Bulldogs, set new personal best times, and two Bulldogs
received weekly OVC honors.
Upon the completion of the regular season meets, Neal
was named OVC Female Freshman of the Year for her out-
standing accomplishments throughout the season, including
setting the OVC's best times in both the 800 and 1,500-meter
events during the regular season.
In the outdoor OVC Championships Meet, the Bulldogs
outperformed themselves breaking multiple records, many of
their own. The women finished second overall and captured
their highest finish in school history, while the men finished
"Our women definitely came ready to compete," James said. "They all stepped up and did what they
were asked to do."
Blankenship was named Female Athlete of the OVC Championships and picked up multiple AI1-
OVC honors. Neal won the 800-meters event, finally qualifying her for the NCAA Mideast Regional
Meet along with her time in the 1,500-meters race.
"Every person stepped up and performed to the ability that I knew they were capable of. This was
the highest finish for both of these teams in the conference championships, and I think it's the perfect
way to leave the OVC and head into the Southern Conference," James said.
The NCAA Mideast Regional Meet did not go as hoped for the three Bulldogs in competition.
Blankenship. Smith and Neal did not finish in the top five of their respective events, which would have
allowed them to automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. Blankenship finished seventh in
the women's 5,000-meter, Smith finished 20th in the men's 400-meter hurdles and Neal finished 16th in
the women's 1500-meter. Smith and Neal did not make it out of the preliminary round.
Blankenship was given a bid on June 3 to the National Meet after two runners ranked above her de-
cided they would run in the 10,000-meter race instead of the 5,000-meter race. This moved her ranking
up to number five, giving her the last spot of race eligibility
The Bulldogs ended their time in the OVC on a positive note with expectations high for next season
as they enter the Southern Conference. Prior to the 2008 season, Blankenship signed on as an assistant
coach to the Bulldogs for the 2008-2009 cross country and track and field teams. She will be assisting
new Samford Head Coach Rod Tiffin, who commenced his role as head coach on July 1, 2008. He comes
to Samford from the University of Alabama after working as an assistant coach for 1 1 years. Tiffin was
a former Auburn standout and brings passion and experience to the 2008 cross country team.
One season, one team, one in history
Photos: Boh Miller
Spread: Austin Richard
Unity, perseverance, overcoming adversity; these are all
words that can be usee ■ ii scribe the Samford women's
soccer team this year. But when asked for a common theme
or word to encompass the fall season, the team unanimously
agreed on the word 'one."
At the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, senior captain
Cassie Applegate passed out bracelets to each player with the
word "one" on them. The bracelets stood for, "one game at a
k| time. ..an audience of One. ..one dream. ..play as one. ..we are
number one.' Every girl wore her bracelet the entirety of the
weekend as a reminder to the motivation behind the tourna-
ment and the season as a whole.
This season was a series of consecutive ups and downs for
the team as they experienced many injuries and some close
losses while making Samford history. The Bulldogs finished
with an overall record of 15-5-1 and 8-1 in the OVC.
"I'm so proud of this group of players," head coach Todd
Yelton said. "They never made excuses with players out due
to injury. That's what you want to teach your kids, that's
what you want to teach your players. It's a lire lesson, every-
one in life faces adversity, but if you go on to invest time and
energy in it. then good things happen- for you."
The initial roster was the largest it has ever been in pro-
gram history with 26 girls on the team. However, the depth
was utilized throughout the course of the season due to the
frequency of injuries. Three girls tore their ACL's, one girl had
a season-ending facial injury and many other girls visited the
training room often for nagging minor injuries from August
Head Athletic Trainer Michelle Johnson has been with
the team for three years and said she has never experienced a
season quite like this one before.
Despite the multitude of injuries, the team had a very
successful season. After starting off with a pair of losses in
preseason games, heads were held high and the team kicked-
off their record with a winning weekend in the Samford Bar-
ber's Invitational tournament against state-neighbors Georgia
Southern and Kennesaw State.
The Bulldogs played a total of eight games before begin-
ning conference play on September 28. Their schedule was
no easy task with games against high-ranked teams including
Miami, Memphis, Indiana, High Point, Auburn and UAB.
They put up a good fight against Miami, Indiana and Auburn,
but lost all three games. However, the Bulldogs came up with
wins against Memphis, High Point and UAB, which put the
Bulldogs on the national RPI rankings radar and gave them a
boost of confidence entering into regular season play.
The Bulldogs dominated in the OVC with eight straight
wins. On October 15. they jumped to number 14 in the
Southeast Regional rankings, to stay there the remainder of
the season, and number 32 in the national RPI rankings. This
is the highest RPI in Bulldog soccer history.
However, the winning streak came to an end in the final
game of the season when the team faced second-in-conference
Southeast Missouri. The Bulldogs had to pull a win or a tie
against the Redhawks in order to win their fifth-straight
conference title and host the OVC Tournament. After playing
a scoreless 100 minutes, the game went into the second over-
time and the Redhawks finished a golden goal opportunity in
the 102 nd minute, winning the game, the conference and the
right to host the conference tournament.
"That was one of the hardest days in my soccer career."
senior Heather Birdsell said. "We had won conference the past
four years in a row and to see SEMO just take it from us like
that Was devastating. But the season had been so great all the
way through that I couldn't let that game bring the whole
Despite the heartbreaking loss, the Bulldogs knew there
was a big task in front of them to defeat SEMO on their own
field for the conference championship and earn an automatic
birth to the NCAA tournament. They spent the two weeks
prior to the tournament training on the football field m order
to get adjusted to the turf surface that they had to play on at
the OVC tournament.
When the tournament came, the girls' determination
and desire to win had never been stronger. After watching
teammates suffer season-ending injuries, experiencing a heavy
heartbreaking loss to SEMO and going through three months
of intense training and weight-lifting, the team was ready to
rightfully take the OVC Tournament title for the last time
before the move to the Southern Conference.
Going into the tournament, the Bulldogs thought they
had seen their share of highs and lows for the season. How-
ever, the team lost 5-3 in penalty kicks to SEMO in the con-
ference finals and felt the weight of the season come crashing
down. For good, they thought.
Yelton encouraged the team to keep their heads up despite
the emotional loss. Before the game he told his team that
regardless of what was about to happen, he was so proud of
them for always giving their best effort the entire season.
"I am extremely proud of this team. This was one of the
most enjoyable seasons I've ever had coaching, and I wouldn't
trade this group of kids for any other team," Yelton said.
Just when the team thought the season was over, their
high rank of 40 in the national RPI rankings got them an
at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs became
the first team in Samford and OVC history to
receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament without
winning the conference tournament.
The low feelings of defeat had to be quickly
washed away to make room for focus on the big
game at hand. The team spent the week training
and then headed down to Florida State Univer-
sity in Tallahassee to play LSI', ranked second in
the bracket, on Friday, November 9.
This was the Bulldogs' second NCAA Tourna-
ment appearance. They advanced to the second
round in 2005 after defeating Vanderbilt in
penalty kicks on their own field.
The Bulldogs lost to LSU in double over-time.
Instead of heartache, the team rejoicedfor the
I record-settmg season they had, even with the
over-time and penalty kick losses against SEMO.
After the game, Yelton and the team celebrated
their success, the opportunity they were given
to be a part of the NCAA Tournament and the
potential for the continually growing program.
This season brought in a multitude of records
for the women's soccer team and Samford.
Along with the at-large bid to the NCAA Tour-
nament, the team set a school record with nine
consecutive victories, earned the highest nationa
RPI ranking the program has ever seen (32 nd ) and
set the all-time single season scoring record of 43
goals, surpassing the previous record of 38 goals
in the 2000 campaign.
"Every goal was a total team effort. It's
amazing how well we all connected both on
and off the field this season. We couldn't ask for
anything better; the good and the bad. Every-
thing happens for a reason, and this season was
a great experience for the whole team," freshman
leading scorer Lauren Cook said.
The fall semester concluded with the an-
nouncement of Yelton's ten-year contract
signing. Since becoming the most victorious
soccer coach in Bulldog soccer history, Yelton
has gained national respect as one of the top
women's collegiate soccer coaches in the coun-
try. He will continue to work toward making the
program a top 25 team in the nation.
The "oneness" of the team held them togeth-
er during the difficult times, but also led them to
great accomplishments in the 2007 season. The
women's soccer team will join all of Samford
athletics in the move to the Southern Confer-
ence for the 2008 campaign.
For the love of the game
By Matt Stamp
Photos: Courtesy of Men's Club Soccer
Spread: Austin Richardson
Sometimes the only benefits of adversity are the lessons
learned throughout the process. This was the case for the
men's club soccer team this year.
It was a difficult year for club as they struggled for consis-
tency throughout the entire season. With their only win com-
ing by way of a forfeit, the Bulldogs never really looked or felt
comfortable with the roster they put on the field. Injuries to
several key players led to an inability to maintain a consistent
starting lineup and an apparent disadvantage in every game.
Expectations were high for this year's club team as the
club was fairly successful last season and was returning sev-
eral key starters.
"1 thought we were going to have the best team that I had
ever been a part of at Samford club," said fifth-year senior co-
coach Brian Willett. "Last year, we had a really strong team,
so I had very high expectations for the season."
Despite the roster consisting of a much younger team this
season, the talent was advanced. The returnees felt there was
a lot of potential for the Bulldogs to pick up where last year's
team left off and comprise another strong club soccer season.
However, no one expected a winning record to be an easy
feat. The team played a rigorous schedule including Auburn
University, the University of Alabama, the University of
Georgia, UT-Chattanooga and Ole Miss.
With the Bulldogs playing larger schools, momentum was
extremely important if they wanted to remain competitive
throughout the season. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs did not
start off on the right foot. They lost 4-0 in their first game
against Auburn University, playing a step behind the speedy
"This year we played the game against Auburn without
our two starting forwards. A lot of guys didn't show and our
25-man roster dropped down to 15. We were beat 4-0 and just
didn't really start off well," Willett said.
Momentum was also necessary to keep the younger play-
ers encouraged and pushing strong for a successful season.
After a very rocky first outing, several younger players were
discouraged, and that feeling was difficult for the club to
shake as the season progressed.
"If you don't start off well, especially in club, guys aren't
going to want to be nearly as willing to make sacrifices for the
team," Willett said.
Injuries also played a large part in the disappointing
season for the Bulldog club team. Forward junior co-coach
Michael Bowles was injured for the majority of the season,
and his position showed to be an especially difficult role to
fill in each game. Without consistent scoring forwards, the
Bulldogs failed to score a goal until their third game against
the University of Georgia Bulldogs at home.
The inaugural goal of the season came from junior Cam-
eron Searcy. Searcy struck a knuckle-ball shot from 45-yards
out that eluded the UGA keeper and sent Samford fans into
frenzy. Although it was only one goal, it was a light in a rut
for the downtrodden Bulldog club team.
Searcy, one of the few consistent starters on the team,
provided the club with dedication and determination to make
the most of a difficult season, Willett said. Although younger
players became easily discouraged and the team was lacking
in unity off the field, each game was played with intensity by
those dedicated to the game and to the team.
"Cameron has magic feet and amazing height; and he's
very skilled," Anderson said.
Searcy, who stands a towering 6-foot-5-inches, had a large
advantage in headers over opposing defenders, a skill that
often went underutilized.
"I couldn't have been more proud of the guys when we
were playing the games. We were usually getting beat, but
everyone was still giving all they had," Willett said.
After the glimpse of success in the game against UGA. the Bulldogs continued on to lose their next three games, leaving
them with a 0-6 record and one game remaining in the season. This last game provided the lone win of the season for the Bull-
dogs by way of a forfeit from UT-Chattanooga.
After finishing the regular season with a 1-7 record, the club went on to play in the regional tournament at the end of Octo-
ber where they faced George Mason University and a re-match against Auburn. Both games ended in a loss, officially bringing
an end to the club soccer season.
Although a disappointing season on paper for the Bulldog club soccer team, there is still a positive outlook for next year
because of the dedication from the team during the difficult times. If the majority of the players return, the team will have a
base from which to build and experience to serve as a motivation to have a winning record.
"I think the team can be exponentially better if everyone has the same determination. I believe we could be 8-0 next year
with the incoming talent and continued dedication from this year's team," Anderson said.
Sometimes you have to go through the heat and fire to be refined. It's not easy to lose, but winning isn't everything. There's
always next year.
By Jonathan Flowers
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
Dramatic endings are not always the best
way to conclude a season, especially when
you're on the side of defeat. However, lessons are
always learned and improvements made when
things do not end as they should.
The men's basketball team concluded their
2007-08 season with a triple overtime defeat
from UT Martin, marking the second consecu-
tive year the Bulldogs have been one game short
of advancing to the OVC Tournament semifi-
nals. They bid farewell to the OVC in a hard-
fought game where head coach Jimmy Tillette
said, "They played like champions." Despite this effort, the Skyhawks
moved on with a 101-94 victory, only to be defeated by Austin Peay in the
Samford finished 5 th with a record of 10-10 in their final run through
OVC regular season play They went 3-5 in OVC Tournament history,
reaching as far as the finals in 2006. Next season, they will embark upon
their first attempt at the Southern Conference, home of this year's NCAA
Tournament Elite Eight participant Davidson.
The 2007-08 season was a time of both beginnings and ends for the
Bulldogs. Along with the final run through the OVC, the team hosted
their home games in the inaugural year of the brand new, $32-million Pete
Hanna Center. On the court, seniors through freshmen were called to step
up to the line and perform in order to get the job done. There was never
a flow of consecutive wins or losses, but the team learned perseverance
through their 14-16 overall record.
The Bulldogs returned senior starters Joe
Ross Merritt, Travis Peterson and Curtis West af-
ter each played pivotal roles in the their winning
16-15, 2006-07 season. West, a 6 foot guard from
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, averaged 7.2 points
in the team's first five games before suffering
a season ending shoulder injury while practic-
ing in preparation for Samford's pivotal match
up against Florida State, where they lost 45-61
in Tallahassee. The upside to the point guard's
misfortune, however, is that West was forced to
red shirt and is expected to return to the team
Merritt, younger brother of former Samford
Ail-American forward J. Robert Merritt, was
second in team scoring with 12.1 points per
game while also logging 3.7 rebounds and 2.1
assists per contest. This year, the guard became
Samford's all-time leader in games played with
121 games. As an experienced player, he was
called to step up in the leadership role on the
court and guide the younger players who were
just beginning to get some playing time.
"It's been a lot different this season as a
senior," Merritt said. "I remember when I was
younger, especially in our offense, it seemed like
I didn't know anything. Now, as a fifth-year
senior, it's really the only way that I know how
to play. I try to play hard all the time and I know
that if I do that, the young guys will step up as
Merritt was an integral part to the Samford
offense, but the player who stood out the most
statistically was Peterson.
Expectations for Peterson's performance
were high at the beginning of the season as he
was named a member of the preseason All-OVC
team. He concluded the season with second
team All-OVC honors and was recognized as
one of only eight players in all of the NCAA to
lead his team in points, rebounds and assists. He
notched an average of 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds
and 3.6 assists per game. Peterson finished his
illustrious Samford career 16 th on the school's all-
time scoring list with 1,121 points, becoming the
21 st player in Bulldog basketball history to eclipse
to the 1,000 points mark.
The 6-foot-10 inch senior from Glendale,
Arizona, has often been referred to as a "guard in
a center's body."
"Growing up I always wanted to be a point
guard," Peterson said. "I was always a pretty
good ball handler. Even with the growth spurt,
I was able to maintain my coordination and it
ended up helping me fit into our offense here at
Samford. It has been a great fit for me because it
allows me to use the skill set that I developed in
Peterson's presence in Samford's frontcourt
will be sorely missed in the years to come as
the Bulldog's seek to find a replacement for the
versatile big man.
With the absence of both Merritt and
Peterson next season, Samford will look to its
young talent to lead the team into a crucial time
of transition. True freshmen Josh Bedwell and
Josh Davis played in a combined 57 of 60 games
this season. The team returns key sophomore
contributors Trey Montgomery and Bryan
Friday. While the Bulldogs lose 42% of their scor-
ing with the departure of Merritt and Peterson,
many of Samford's young players are ready to
step into leadership roles right away as the team
looks to improve on its 14-16 record next season.
While the Bulldogs will undoubtedly feel the
loss of two senior starters as they enter their first
season in the Southern Conference next year,
the development of the team's young talent has
bred optimism for the squad's future. Samford
will have to be on top of their game as the level
of their competition immediately escalates.
Regardless of the level of the Bulldog's prospec-
tive competition, the seemingly bright future of
Samford men's basketball will lie solely in the
hands of the team's budding young stars.
There's No "I" in Team
By Kylie Swyden
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
The Lady Bulldogs had an eventful and successful season
despite some unforeseen obstacles and disappointments. The
team finished with a 23-9 record, marking the seniors as the
most winning class in program history. This team was an ex-
ceptionally talented one, as there was not one shining player
every game. Each girl was called to step up and play her role.
The Lady Bulldogs started off the season as the number
two pick in the Ohio Valley Conference. Senior Taryn Towns
was satisfied with the pick because the team felt they did not
have to prove that they were on top of the conference at the
start, as they have in years past. Indeed, the team did prove
many things this season, especially when starting junior point
guard Megan Wilderotter suffered an early ACL tear, benching
her for the majority of the season. Before the injury, she was
quick to say that the team unity and chemistry was one of
their strengths as a team. With Wilderotter 's injury, players
joined together and proved that teamwork was indeed a real
strength of this year's group.
"There was not just one person who could score," said
sophomore guard Monica Maxwell. "Everyone had the same
attitude to win and there was no other reason anyone was on
the court. We all have different personalities and I think that's
why we worked so well together."
This year's team was unique in that they depended on
themselves over anything and anyone else to win the games.
Head coach Mike Morris was extremely proud of this team
and had an unprecedented season with this specific group of
players. "It's about us and the game we play," said Morris.
He is a coach with realistic goals and discernment as to
what the team is capable of doing and how to make the most
out of their different skills and abilities. This year's seniors
exemplified strong leadership, evident in the crucial mo-
ments on the court throughout the season. Not only were the
seniors important to results, but they were also examples for
the younger players to mimic, specifically the freshmen.
However, two freshmen provided a mark of leadership
on the court as well. Both Emily London and Savannah Hill
notched OVC Freshman of the Week honors throughout the
season. With five weekly honors, London received OVC Fresh-
man of the Year and was Samford's lone representative on All-
Conference teams (Second Team and All-Newcomer). London
finished the season as team leader in scoring and second in
assists, as well as leader in the OVC in three-point field goal
percentage. Towns represented Samford and the senior class
in accolades being named to the OVC All-Tournament team.
Juniors Chika Okoli, a forward, and Karmen Smith, a
guard, played significant roles in the winning season, as both
understood how to selflessly execute plays and work as team
players. Senior Alex Munday was crucial to the offensive
efforts of the season and her experience proved to be a neces-
sary component to success.
With no one, stand-out player, the team was able to
produce wins, regardless of who was on the court. This year's
win against Eastern Illinois University in double overtime
called for the team to step up together after playmaker Max-
well fouled out.
"It was a team effort and not just about one individual."
At one point in the season, the team's record was 15-1. all
wins being conference games. However, the season came to
a disappointing end when the Lady Bulldogs lost to Mur-
ray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals. Nevertheless,
these players took pride in their work and game and ended
the season with their heads up, looking forward to the next
opportunity to play as a team.
Baseball Ends Strong in the OVC
By Ryan England
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
The baseball team completed one of the most successful seasons in the
history of the program. The team finished the 2008 season with a 32-23
record overall and garnered a 19-7 record in OVC play, falling only behind
in-state rival Jacksonville State in the final conference standings.
The team began the 2008 season with back-to-back losses at Kennesaw
State, registering their first win of the year in the final game of that three-
game series. Following the two losses at Kennesaw State, the Bulldogs
seemed to turn things around quickly and jumped off to a great start win-
ning 14 of the next 20 match ups. At one point in the season, the Bulldogs
had a 16 game home winning streak, one of the longest home winning
streaks in the nation.
The Bulldogs fell to Tennessee Tech 7-6 in the final game of the regular
season, but their success throughout the rest of the season earned them a
number two seeding in the OVC tournament and a bye in the first round.
The Bulldogs concluded the season with two losses in the OVC tourna-
ment, which was held in Paducah, Kentucky at Murray State. They fell 8-4
in the first game against Eastern Illinois, and followed that game up with
a 9-1 loss to Tennessee Tech in the season finale. It was not the ending
desired, but the national recognition from regular season play will put the
Bulldogs in good standing going into the Southern Conference next year.
The year's club was led by junior First-Team All-OVC performer
Michael Marseco. Marseco was also on the OVC All-Tournament team
and was a 2006 Freshman Ail-American. He led the team in nearly every
batting category, stolen bases and most games played. Marseco finished
the year with a batting average of .419. He boasted a slugging percentage
of .613, had an on-base percentage of .463, led the team in hits with 93 and
led the team in runs scored with 52.
Senior Bear Burnett from Birmingham, AL led the Bulldogs in homer-
uns with seven, followed by senior Michael Rutledge, a Cullman, AL native
who transferred from Mississippi State. Earlier in the season, Rutledge
faced a scary injury at Georgia State in which a foul ball ricocheted off of
a dugout post and hit him in the right temple, knocking him out. Once
headaches subsided, he returned to the field and was a crucial part of the
The Bulldogs pitching staff was led by junior Jonathan Stephens. His
ERA was 2.22 through 81.0 innings pitched. Stephens registered seven
wins on the season, followed by Trent Hill who was credited with six
wins. Stephens totaled 43 strikeouts in his 81 innings pitched.
The Bulldog defense was solid throughout the year as well. Tripp
Swann, Matthew Bennett, Bo Smith, Drew Reagan and Joe Durham all
had a fielding percentage of 1.000 to lead the team.
This year's team will lose eight seniors, but the future looks bright for
Coach Casey Dunn and his staff. A new beginning in the Southern Confer-
ence will give the Bulldogs different goals and challenges to face as they set
new standards against the SoCon competition.
Putting: the Pieces Together
By Val Kikkert
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
Perseverance pays off; especially
for the softball team. This year, the
Bulldogs went from being ranked eighth
in the OVC and on the edge of ending
with the regular season, to finishing
the season in the semifinal round of
the OVC Tournament. After a rough
start to the season, head coach Beanie
Ketcham and the players did not let
the lack of positive results hold them
back from continuing to work toward a
season of success.
Early on, the team faced some dif-
ficult challenges. To begin with, last
year's starting pitcher Stephanie Royall
experienced a season-ending injury
before regular season play began, and
the team was forced to look to two
freshmen and a sophomore for leader-
ship on the mound. Ketcham was aware
of the pressure the young players were
experiencing, but she said she felt all of
the pitchers matured throughout the
Freshmen Kayla Burris and Margaret
Carter shared the mound with sopho-
more Amanda Barrs, who started most
of the games. All three finished with a
close number of wins and saves each.
Carter was injured midway through the
season, but returned toward the end
and received OVC Pitcher of the Week
in the final series of regular season play.
Also early in the season, the team
suffered a five-game losing streak, four
of which were played at home. Confer-
ence play did not flow easily for the
Bulldogs either as they lost four of
their first five conference series match-
ups. Ketcham said the team was doing
everything right, but the pieces were
just not being put together at the right
time. The team was making too many
costly errors that could have prevented
some of the negative results at the end
of the day.
The Bulldogs finally got their game
together midway through conference
play. They won the final four series
match-ups with tournament stakes on
the line in the final two series verse Ten-
nessee State and UT Martin.
With the much needed series victory
over Tennessee State, the Bulldogs had
to win two games against UT Martin
to place sixth in the conference, which
would lead them to the final seed in
the tournament. In 2007, the Bulldogs
lost to UT Martin in post-season play.
However, Samford "returned the favor"
in 2008 by sweeping the Skyhawks in
the three-game series and beating them
out of a conference tournament seed.
This was the first time UT Martin had
not gone to the OVC Tournament since
As the last-placed team in the
tournament, the Bulldogs came in and
swept third-ranked Eastern Kentucky, to
whom they had lost in conference play
earlier this season. In game two of the
day, the second round of the tourna-
ment, Samford shut out second-ranked
Morehead State 3-0, another conference
foe who had defeated them earlier in
After flowing with the season-long
six-game winning streak, the Bulldogs'
streak was snapped by first-ranked Jack-
sonville State in the semifinal round.
However, the Bulldogs were given a
second chance to make it to the finals
by playing Tennessee Tech. who had
also lost earlier in the tournament. After
a close fight, the Golden Eagles defeated
the Bulldogs 6-5, ending the season for
Samford went 25-29 overall this
season. They set multiple individual
and team records despite the slow start
to the season. Junior Jessica Owens led
the team in batting average with .330.
She surpassed the school all-time hitting
record of 59 hits, finishing the year with
60. Owens has also compiled the most
stolen bases in her three-year career
with 15, 19 and 20, setting her own
record, as well as the all-time school
record, in stolen bases this year. Owens
was named to the First-Team All-OVC.
Barrs set the all-time record for runs
batted in with 42 on the season. She
surpassed the school record of 33 RBI.
Barrs was named to the 2008 OVC
All-Tournament Team along with senior
Finally, freshman Aaren Fisher rep-
resented Samford on the OVC All-New-
comer Team. As a true freshman, she
started all 50 games of the season and
finished second in RBI with 39. Fisher
was also a competitor in the home runs
and batting average categories on the
As a team, the Bulldogs' appearance
to the semifinal round of the OVC Tour-
nament was its first in school history.
They finished sixth in their final season
in the OVC. While the Bulldogs did not
advance all the way to the finals, they
learned that picking up the pieces and
putting them together throughout the
difficult times of the season leads to
great rewards and success at the end.
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Freshmen Drive^the Way
By Ben Hankins:
Spread: Austin Richardson
One key phrase describes the 2008 Samford men's golf team: a work in
The Bulldogs failed to break into the top three in all of the tournaments
in which they competed, but the team also started four freshmen on a
team of five players down the stretch.
"We were very young this year, but because of that, I think we can only
get better," head coach Woodie Eubanks said.
The team finished the season tying for seventh place in the OVC
Championship. That finish followed a stretch of two previous tourna-
ments in which the team failed to place in the top 15.
"As a team, we didn't finish well down the stretch of this season," Eu-
banks said. "But at the same time, I'm proud of how our guys didn't quit."
Samford's best performance came on March 16-18 at the Drake Diablo
Invitational in Diablo, Calif. The team met its goal by breaking into the
top five for the first time in 2008, finishing fourth in the tournament.
The Bulldogs bested seven other teams from around the country in
Diablo. They shot one of their best rounds of the season on day two of
the tourney, posting a 294, 38 strokes better than their score in round one.
They finished the tournament with a third round score of 306, just four
shots behind the winning team, Loyola College.
The Bulldogs met their goal one more time during the season, placing
fifth at the Samford Invitational in Oneonta, Ala., the week before the
The team was pleased with the top five finish, but was unable to capi-
talize on its home course at the Limestone Golf and Country Club. The
Bulldogs dropped two spots in the final round.
"Our goal was to finish in the top five, and we achieved that goal. I
think if we had had a better third round, we could have won the whole
thing," Eubanks said.
The Bulldogs relied heavily on the freshman golfers but also received
solid contribution from junior John Turnipseed, who was the lone upper-
classmen starter on the team down the stretch of the season.
Turnipseed was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 77.3 for the
season. Freshmen Martin Bunt, Ian Cutting and Tyler Baird led Samford in
scoring, each averaging within a half of a stroke of each other. Bunt shot
76.7, Cutting 76.8 and Baird 76.9. Freshman Houston Hough rounded out
the Bulldog starters with an 80.6 scoring average for the season.
With combined rounds from a total of seven players, the team aver-
aged 306.1 for the season. That score ranked the Bulldogs eighth out of ten
competing teams in the OVC. With four starting freshmen, the Bulldogs
were easily the youngest team in the conference.
Inexperience may be an understatement for this team. The Bulldogs
top three scorers were freshmen. However, Eubanks said this was a posi-
tive for the future of the program.
"With the experience that our four freshmen got this year, I'm very
excited about the future of this program," Eubanks said.
Playing Above Par
By Ben Hankins
Spread Austin Richardson
The women's golf team had one of its best seasons in school history in 2008, continuing to climb
the ladder of conference and national approval.
The major highlight from the team's season was also a program first. In the team's first spring
tournament, the Bulldogs made history by capturing the program's first ever tournament victory.
The Bulldogs bested a field of four other teams at the Ann Rhoads BSC Shootout at Timberline
Golf Club in Calera, Ala. Birmingham Southern hosted the tournament, held Feb. 25 and 26.
"I'm so proud of the way our girls played in this tournament," head coach Eubanks said after the
tournament. "This win makes me even more excited about the season, and it's such a great thing for
our girls to be a part of history like this."
Coach Ian Thompson, who was the team's head coach prior to 2007 and now serves as an assis-
tant, said the program's first victory carries a lot of weight in the future progression of the team.
"We're to the point now where we can always be in contention to win tournaments," Thompson
said. "I am very proud of this team."
Most tournaments encounter perfect golfing weather, but Ann Rhoads was not the case. The
team battled rain, damp conditions and at times, winds up to 30 mph on day two of the tourna-
ment — all while coming from behind to win.
Thompson said it says a lot about a team's character to come from behind on a day of bad
Although the Ann Rhoads tourney was the team's only victory for the season, the Bulldogs
posted other notable performances, as well.
The team placed third out of a field of 17 teams at the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational hosted
by Kennesaw State on April 1.
The Bulldogs also got a sneak peak at future conference opponents. Three teams from the South-
ern Conference were represented, including nationally ranked Chattanooga.
Considering the Bulldogs were the fourth ranked team in the field, finishing third was a huge ac-
complishment, Thompson said.
The following week, the Bulldogs competed against some of the nation's elite teams while tying
Kentucky for fifth place at the Alabama Crimson Tide Classic.
Many strong individual performances anchored the team throughout the season.
Sara Hunt and Kaitlin Stanier paced the team by finishing in the top 10 in conference scoring av-
erage. Hunt led the team in two tournaments, including a third place tie and All-Tournament ranking
at the OVC Championship.
Maria Troche also stood out, leading the team in three tournaments and was named OVC Player-
of-the-Week in women's golf for her performance in the Crimson Tide Classic.
Both Troche and Heather Arnold made the OVC's top 25 in scoring average. Arnold also placed
second on the team in five different tournaments. She posted the team's best score in the Samford
"We're a lot more competitive this season," Thompson said. "We've got more players that push
each other to be better."
With the team's first victory behind them and plenty of strong performances to show for after
the 2008 season, players say the best is yet to come for the women's golf team.
"We will gain a lot of momentum from this first win," Stanier said. "You can't put it into words
how much that helps."
Men's Tennis: Serving a Game of Their Own
By Britney Almaguer
Spread: Austin Richardson
The men's tennis team ended their OVC participation on the highest possible note. The team captured the OVC Champi-
onship title for the first time in five years, finally joining the women in sweeping the conference. The Bulldogs ended the season
with an overall score of 17-8, 11-1 in OVC tournament play.
Unlike the women's side, who had only two seniors this year, the men had a lot of experience in tournament play with
seven upperclassmen out of an eleven-player team. They were aiming high from the beginning of the season.
"Our goal this season was to get better every match, and finally win the OVC tournament," said senior Renan Silveira.
And win they did.
From the start of the OVC Championship tournament, the standard was set high. In the first match, the men took the
doubles point early in the tournament. By the end of the match, however, the points were tied between the Samford men and
their rival, Jacksonville State. All the pressure was laid on senior Hank Grant. For Grant, it must have seemed like a bad case of
flashbacks to his sophomore year when he was faced with the same enormous amount of pressure. This time fighting an injury,
cramping and nerves, Grant's efforts were successful as he won the single point for the men, giving the men an overall score of
"The feeling was indescribable," said Grant. "We've wanted this for three years and finally got it this year. I didn't know I'd
have to work that hard to get it, but we finally did it."
Winning the conference tournament, the men were given the bid to play the Florida State Seminoles in the first round of
the NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee, FL.
"This year we talked a lot about the process and doing the right things; not much about the result of winning or losing.
That really helped us to achieve our goal, which was to win the OVC and represent Samford at the NCAA's," said Silveira.
Although the men fought hard at the NCAA tournament, they fell in the first round 4-0 to Florida State, who was seeded
14 th in the nation.
"If our team keeps working hard and doing
the right things we can be successful in the new
conference," Silveira said.
The men are looking forward to competing
next year as Samford makes the transition to the
strong competition in the Southern Conference.
Matching the women in winning the tournament
was one goal for this team; now it's their turn to
make their own mark in the new conference next
Women's Tennis: Leaving Their Mark in the OVC
By Britney Almaguer
Spread: Austin Richardson
For the third time in just five years, the Samford women's
tennis team advanced to the NCAA Championships after
winning each of their matches against their Ohio Valley
Conference opponents. Along with the men's tennis team,
the women made the trip to Tallahassee, FL to play in the
tournament that was scheduled for May 9-11. While they fell
to Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament,
the team was not completely disappointed in their overall
performance this past season, especially in light of the fact
they had been an unranked team and had not played a Divi-
sion I team all year.
Throughout the season, the team defied a lot of potential
barriers, one of them being in the youth and lack of experi-
ence of the players. The team consisted of just two seniors
while six freshmen entered to make their mark. As one of the
seniors, Katie Weaver could say with confidence that their
ages did not matter in the end.
"Having two seniors and six freshmen would seem like a
setback to some," said Weaver. "However, our freshmen con-
tinually played well in important matches and came through
in doubles and singles. I know that these girls are really the
reason that we made it to the NCAA tournament."
The six freshmen included Karen Niszl, Taylor Morgan,
Rebecca Kirven, Andrie Meiring. Lindsey Mallory and Lindsay
Senior Anna Jackson was in agreement with her teammate
in regards to their young team.
"The freshmen made it really easy" Jackson said. "Katie
and I only had to lead by example and they caught on quickly.
Their determination throughout the season is what led us to
a championship win."
The women played well all year ending their regular
season with a 17-5 overall record and an undefeated record of
10-0 in OVC play. Due to their high standing in the confer-
ence rankings, the team received a bye to the semifinals of the
OVC Tournament and was able to move straight to the finals
after their 4-0 win over UT-Martin.
After entering into the final stage as the number one seed,
they took home the gold and the OVC Championship title
after watching the men's team do just the same. The women
defeated opponent Eastern Kentucky University 4-0. The
freshmen led the women in taking the doubles point, with
Morgan and Mallory winning 8-4 at the number two court,
while Meiring and Kirven won 8-5 at the number three court.
Their overall win gave the team an automatic bid to move on
to the NCAA Tournament.
Although the women did not advance past the first round
of the NCAA Tournament with Florida State claiming a 4-0
victory, the Bulldogs came out very positive about their sea-
"It was a really great experience making it to the NCAA
tournament as a freshman. Not many get the chance to do
that, so it was a really awesome feeling playing in it. We had
worked all season for it, and once we had made it, it was
proof that all of our hard work had paid off," Morgan said.
According to Jackson, the women accomplished many of
the goals they had set out to acquire.
"The women's team goals were to be season champs,
which we were, conference champs, which we were, and to
be ranked, which we weren't. So we met two of three goals,
which is a pretty huge feat," Jackson said.
The move to the Southern Conference next year will be a
smooth change for the women.
"I think that we will only be stronger next year," said
Morgan. "Doing as well as we did with six freshmen and two
seniors was really spectacular. As we grow we will just get
better and better. I think we will be a strong contender in the
Overall, the team gave a stellar final-farewell performance
in the Ohio Valley Conference and is more than ready as
Samford makes the switch to a stronger, more challenging
More than a same
By Matt Robertson
Photos. Courtesy of Intramural Teams and Austin Richardson
Spread: Austin Richardson
Not every athlete on campus is blessed with
the athletic ability or talent to land a sports
scholarship or the opportunity to play for a
collegiate athletics program. However, there are
hundreds of former high school standouts who
aren't yet ready to give up their athletic careers.
That's why Samford has the intramural pro-
Intramurals is one of the most participated-
in activities at Samford. From independent to
Greek, grad to undergrad, athlete or not, there
is participation all across the board. Intramurals
provides all different types of students the op-
portunity to compete, be active and play for a
championship and the "coveted" T-shirt. Wheth-
er you were an all-conference athlete in high
school, or you can't tell the difference between a
home run and a touchdown, intramurals is a fun
and competitive atmosphere for everyone.
The Samford intramurals program is run by
Campus Recreation. The Campus Recreation
mission is to "provide recreational programs and
outdoor adventure activities that will enhance
social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical
and vocational needs of students, faculty and
staff and their spouses in an environment of
Christian values. Cam-
pus Recreation strives to
promote learning, fun,
development and sports-
manship in a Christian
environment by offering
quality competition and
grams and activities."
The director of Campus Recreation is Nick
Madsen. This was the first year for intramu-
rals Coordinator Peter Becker, Office Assistant
Catherine Belew and interns Chris Pompa and
Neil Ostlund to serve in intramurals. This staff
works together, along with the help of student-
workers, to make sure everything runs smoothly
with games, scheduling and equipment. Student
referees and supervisors are also hired for every sport to facilitate competi-
Becker, who was in charge of all intramural scheduling and details, did
not make any changes to the program this year in order to see how every-
thing is run at Samford.
Samford intramurals offered eleven different sports throughout the fall
and spring this year. In the fall, students could play flag football, tennis,
bowling, dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee. volleyball, kickball and a 3v3 bas-
ketball tournament. In the spring, basketball, bowling. 3-point shootout,
ultimate frisbee, soccer, softball, dodge ball, tennis, 4v4 flag football and
4v4 volleyball tournaments were offered.
Sophomore Kylie Swyden, who works for Campus Recreation, said
intramurals are most fun when more people get involved.
"The more involvement from the students, the more teams there are
and the more competitive it gets. This year was great because having so
many teams allowed for the competition to be more evenly matched."
This year was a successful year for the intramurals program, and
specifically for flag football. At least 70 teams participated in the program,
providing for a very competitive atmosphere. The winner of the A-league,
men and women, have the opportunity to go to the regional tournament
each year. This year, Sigma Chi won the championship and went to the
ACIS Regional Flag Football Tournament at Western Kentucky University.
November 16-18. They placed third out of 32 teams in the tournament and
were two points shy of winning, which would have given them a birth to
Along with the
another aspect that
makes intramurals at
Samford so successful is
the opportunity for all
students — undergraduate
or graduate — to partici-
pate. This year, there was
a big turnout of students
from McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Beeson Divinity School, as well
as some students from Cumberland School of Law.
"The greatest thing about intramurals at Samford is the camaraderie.
Students care about being a part of this. It's been a great way to unify the
campus." Madsen said.
Swyden added that intramurals is a great way for freshmen to get
involved on campus and meet people. She said the freshmen participation
in flag football was up this year.
my life at Samford...
It's a beautiful thing
Sophomore Justin Warden has taken advantage of intra-
murals as a way to get plugged in on campus since he arrived
last year. He serves as the University Ministries intramurals
coordinator and said he participated in as many sports as he
could this year.
"Intramurals changed my life at Samford. It put me in a
position to meet a lot of
people, hang out with
friends and have a great
time. It's a beautiful
thing," Warden said.
As coordinator for
the University Min-
istries teams, Warden
worked on recruiting
students to be a part of
the organization's teams.
He compiled the initial
e-mail list at the Student
Organizations Fair and
spent time developing
teams throughout the
year. Warden was persistent in getting student involvement
and contributed to consistency in the Samford intramurals
One event that epitomizes the competitive intramurals
action was the high-energy flag football game between the
"Solja Boys" and "Stoagies." These two teams make up one
group of friends, drawing intense but fun competition, and
the fight for bragging rights. Fans and other friends who at-
tended the game were torn about which team to cheer for.
The greatest thing about
intramurals at Samford is
the camaraderie. Students
care about being a part of
this. It's been a great way
to unify the campus.
"The game was
really tense the whole
time. We are best
friends off the field,
but out there, friend-
ships meant nothing,
we were just competi-
tors competing in a
game," Solja Boys
back Kyle Stanton
Despite the on-
field heated competi-
tion between the two
teams, the event drew
the guys even closer together as friends with another fun
experience under their belts.
"It was really exciting playing out there. You could
definitely feel the tension between the teams.
We are such great friends off the field, but we
definitely wanted to show each other up, though
nobody would admit it. We left the field just as
good of friends as when we came, and we had a
great time. That was really the most important
thing," Stoagies junior wide receiver Joel Allen
The competition was not restricted to just
the men on Samford's campus. Some of the most
heated intramural games of the year came in the
form of all-female competition. Usually coached
by guys, the girl's intramural games brought
both sexes together for quality competition and
"I love getting all excited and ready to play
football games. We had playbooks and secret
signs. It was pretty hard core," sophomore
Amanda Rice said.
Intramurals brings everyone together in ways
no other organization on campus can. Madsen
said the intramurals program at Samford is
above and beyond the programs at other schools
our size. With the high participation rate each
year, the variety of people in intramurals is con-
stantly changing and growing, which refines and
builds up Samford intramurals.
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By Haley Aaron
Photos: Becky Ellenberger & Austin Richardson
Spread: Austin Richardson
Another year began bright and hot for the
Samford Band as they filed into band camp over
the summer to start yet another spectacular
season of marching.
Some are veterans at the marching scene
while others just started their careers. At least
seven states and one foreign country were rep-
resented this year. They came together for two
weeks of practice, united to achieve a common
goal. Several unique traditions, a sense of com-
munity and their love for the Samford marching
band connected them.
"Man, I love this band!" they cheered at the
end of each game.
"If you've never heard us do that cheer,
you're missing out," said sophomore band Presi-
dent Jannell McConnell.
This year, like each one before, new band
members paired off with upperclassmen to form
a "band family." Two upperclassmen served as
"parents" for groups of two or three younger
"They kind of take them under their wing,
and it's an opportunity for the older students to
help the younger students find their way around
campus and serve as mentors. It's also a way for
us to get things accomplished," said Samford
Director of Bands Dr. Jim Smisek.
Students had the opportunity to participate
in social events during band camp such as a
movie night and a scavenger hunt.
Some of the band's traditions reflected Sam-
ford's Christian atmosphere.
"We pray a lot and we sing and those are
great traditions to have," Smisek said. In addi-
tion to playing pieces more traditionally associ-
ated with marching band, such as the school's
fight song and alma mater, the band sang and
played "It Is Well" after each performance. As
the band neared Buchanan Hall after each game
they also sang the Doxology.
This year's half time show featured the music
of American composer George Gershwin. "It's
a really energetic show," said Perry Riddle, the
band's graduate assistant. "It opened up with
Piano Concerto in F and has a nice trumpet solo.
We went into Summertime, which is one of his
more famous pieces, and Cuban Overture, a nice Latin piece, and then we
closed with the famous Rhapsody in Blue."
Smisek plans to continue the rich traditions that have been developed
while also bringing change to the band's existing program. The band
worked this year to develop a more modern look and marching style
including new uniforms and new instruments. The uniform and style
changes met a positive response by both band members and the Samford
Another change Samford's band experienced was its growth to 64
members, beating last year's 51. The color guard also grew with seven new
participants. "It's great because it adds to the visual presentation of the
program," Smisek said, referring to the color guard. "Although Samford's
band may seem small compared to other college bands, it is currently
above the national average which is one percent of a school's student
body," Smisek said.
The size of the band is relative to the size of the student body. "If you
go to a school that has 30 to 40 thousand students and they have a 300
member band, you think 'Wow, that band's huge!' but you're not taking
into account they have 40 or 30 thousand students," Smisek said. "It's a lot
easier to recruit for that band when you have that many people."
The band's size helped foster a feeling of community among the mem-
bers. "Samford's band is unique because our relatively small size allows us
to all know each other better than we would in the kind of huge bands you
find at state schools," McConnell said. "In a band this size, we are more of
Dance Ensemble steps up to the plate
By Callan Donoho
Photo: Stephen Williams
Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson
Did you know that dancing use to be forbidden at Samford £ Sometime in the 1980s after a large Step Sing protest, the ban
on the evil practice of gyrating one's body to the devil's music was lifted. Thankfully for us, this meant that organizations such
as Samford's Dance Ensemble could make their way onto the scene. For the ensemble, 2006-2007 was a big year for all to see
their hard work and talent.
As usual, the girls of the Dance Ensemble came back to Samford a week early and worked hard all semester. First, they
learned football sideline cheers, and then it was on to the long practices for their annual show, this year's entitled Step Up.
They participated in other events throughout the year as well. They showed off their talents in the Homecoming festivities,
participated in halftime rallies and opened for Step Sing.
Step Up showcased a wide variety of dance styles including modern, hip-hop with Beyonce's Get Ale Bodied and an interpre-
tive dance from a scene in Brave Heart to put together a well thought out and very entertaining show.
"It is so good because we are such a diverse group of dancers," Co-captain Morgan Glasscock said. To go along with the
name of their show, they ended their performance with a song from the movie Step Up.
The two co-captains of the student lead ensemble this year were Abbey Bailey and Morgan Glasscock. This was Bailey's
fourth year on the Dance Ensemble and Glasscock's third. Each of the two girls had their own solos showing off their particular
dance styles in Step Up. A personal dance style is something important that they look for during their tryouts each May. Also,
the more dance styles the girls know, the better. After tryouts last May they came out with twelve girls, a number which var-
ies each year and does not depend on class level.
"It's neat having a variety of ages within the group, from freshmen to seniors," said Bailey. The group prides themselves on
maintaining a good atmosphere among one another and seniority is not an issue.
The girls that make up the dance team have to be hard working, committed and have a love for dancing. "They are deter-
mined, and they have a passion for it," Glasscock said. "It's just a fun way to get plugged into Samford," Bailey said. These girls
really enjoyed what they do and really loved dancing. Many girls joined the Dance Ensemble to have an outlet for dance while
they are in college.
Dance Ensemble was completely student led this year as they have been in the past. They choreographed all of their dances
from the halftime routines to the big performance in December. While this gave a lot more creative input to the team, it also
took up a lot of time. Furthermore, the team had to fund itself. After their shows, they tried to have fundraisers so that they
could have more events. "What we do is what happens," Bailey said.
One of the overall goals of Dance Ensemble was to enhance the atmosphere at Samford by supporting athletics and the arts
in general. They brought something different to Samford and increased spirit among the students and faculty.
By Shannon Dille
Photos: Courtesy of SGA
Spread: Austin Richardson
Ever wondered who really gets things done around
campus 1 ?- The Student Government Association just might
be the culprit. Samford University's SGA has been working
hard this year to make our campus a better place. Its members
have maintained their status as an approachable, hardwork-
ing group of individuals that is dedicated to the service of the
student body. From the board of executives to the student
activities council, each group is heavily involved in making
Samford the place that its students know and love.
Independents and Greek life members alike are welcome
to participate in the tradition that is Samford's Student
Government Association. SGA's Chief Justice and Senior Chi
Omega member, Betsy Martin, knows the value of getting
involved in student life. "I've enjoyed getting to know a lot of
people from different parts of campus including independents
and Greeks. I think that being a member of SGA helped me to
make an effort to meet other people and to not only give my
time to Chi Omega," said Martin.
Martin also said that she has enjoyed working with the
student executive board in particular. "Every week, seven of
us meet with the student ministries council and traffic appeal
and accomplish a lot during our meetings."
One of the areas in which many of Samford's students can
relate to is the parking issues that seem to persist on campus.
According to SGA members, traffic appeals were a primary
goal for SGA during the fall semester. Another issue that arose
this year was concerning vandalism. With last year's con-
struction of a new parking deck, it seems that this secluded
spot has been a prime place for car break-ins. This threat to
student's security prompted SGA members to take action.
According to Senior Sports Medicine Major and Vice President
of the SGA Senate, Sam McBride. the organization has been
working closely with Chief Bobby Breed of Campus security.
Their goal is to work together in order to obtain a security
camera system for the parking decks on campus to minimize
these break-ins and create a safer university.
Of course, the SGA is probably best known for the
activities that they organize to get students involved. Vice
President for Development, Madeline Mula, was in charge
of organizing the Angel Tree this year. The Angel Tree is an
event sponsored by the Salvation Army and Fox News that
gives everyone the chance to "Be an Angel for an Angel"
during the Christmas season. Those who adopt an angel will
have the opportunity to make sure that a child will have the
Christmas that he or she would not otherwise have. Mula is
also in charge of public relations for SGA. "I get to come up
with creative ways to get the word out about our events like
using sidewalk chalk or mailbox notes," said Mula.
SGA class representatives were also hard at work to pro-
mote campus unity through holding such events. Sophomore
Class President, Stephen Moss, organized a barbeque in the
fall for his class, and free prizes were given away for those
who attended. Stephen also began the "Sophomore of the
Month Program" in an attempt to give people the credit that
they deserved when they made a contribution to the Samford
"I was thinking that a lot of athletes don't get the recogni-
tion that they deserve and decided to do something about it.
Then I realized that in reality, a lot of students don't get the
recognition that they deserve," said Moss. This program was
organized to promote the recognition of those who contribute
to any group on campus whether they are actors or athletes.
Anyone who used their talents for the benefit of the com-
munity was entitled to such an honor. According to McBride,
activities such as these "help the student body to have an
identity and promote unity on campus."
Those who wish to get involved in the SGA organization
don't have to be elected to do so. According to article III of
the SGA constitution, "all registered students at Samford Uni-
versity are, upon enrollment, members of this organization...
members shall have the right to participate in all activities
sponsored by the Student Government Association and
members shall have the right to vote in all elections sponsored
by the Student Government Association." Through the SGA,
everyone has the potential to help make the Samford Univer-
sity experience a fun, safe and fulfilling one.
Student Recruitment Team
By Hayden Hamnck
Photos, Becky Ellenberger
Spread Austin Richardson
Often overlooked, The Student Recruitment Team is vital to Samford.
They meet, greet and escort potential students and their parents as they
decide whether or not Samford is the place for them.
"The members of SRT are the first impression that prospective students
have of Samford; so for them, we are literally the face of Samford," said
SRT Vice-President and senior Erin Basinger.
The SRT was hard at work again this year as they planned and super-
vised campus tours, preview days and Scholar's Day. The team led and par-
ticipated in the four Preview Days that occurred during the fall semester.
Preview Days are designated days in which high school juniors and seniors
are invited on-campus to catch a glimpse of the Samford experience.
"When students leave Preview Days and campus visits, we want to
help them know that this is where they want to be," said Basinger. "The
impression that we leave on those students could make or break their deci-
sion to come to Samford University."
The days began with a welcome from Samford President Dr. Andrew
Westmoreland and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Dr. Phil Kimrey.
Also, Matt Kerlin, University Minister, discussed Samford's Christian envi-
ronment. Visitors were then led into separate information sessions geared
toward potential students and their parents. The student sessions covered
topics such as academics, dorm life, organizations, community service,
financial aid and Student Ministries. For the parents, the topics included
admission information, scholarships, weekend activities, safety, campus
values, the Christian environment and more. SRT also led the visitors
around the campus on tours on Preview Days.
"Our job on SRT is basically to be an extensive tour guide and advocate
for Samford," said Meg Lozner, a junior SRT member.
The main responsibility of SRT this winter was Scholars Day held in
February. During Scholars Day, the top 100 high school students apply-
ing to Samford visited the campus for interviews to compete for Beeson
or Presidential Scholarships. On this day, it was the Student Recruitment
Team's job to lead the students around campus and assist in making the
prospective scholars feel welcome.
Although only Scholars Day and Fall Preview Days are the main re-
sponsibilities of SRT each year, the planning that it takes to pull these days
off is tremendous. It often takes months to coordinate everything needed
to make these days go smoothly. Yet the members do not mind.
"I love Samford, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to real-
ize how incredible the Samford community is," said junior SRT member
"The Student Recruitment Team exists to be a student representation
of Samford University to prospective students," said Lauren Lunceford. a
junior SRT member. "We have a passion for our university and we desire
to help prospective students get a feel for Samford and assist them in their
SamforcTs Student Ministries
by Jordan Jarvis
Photos: Becky Ellenberger
Spread: Austin Richardson
Each year, many Samford students answer the call to serve
those around them in the community. In response, Samford's
Student Ministries try to offer all students the chance to
serve God and the community at the same time through their
many activities and groups.
Samford not only provides opportunities for students
to meet with ministries that hold similar theological views,
but also provides several outlets for students' passions for
growing in God, making an impact in the community or even
standing for social justice and change. Samford students were
involved in many different ministries and organizations on
and off campus, including University Christian Fellowship,
Young Life, University Ministries, Campus Outreach and
Reformed University Fellowship.
University Ministries, known as "UM" among Sam-
ford students, offered the Samford community chances for
spiritual growth on a personal level and opportunities to be
involved in the Birmingham area as well as various communi-
ties throughout America and even the world. Operating from
their motto "Love God; love people; change the world," UM
was the primary ministry organization on Samford's campus.
University Ministries provided all kinds of activities
and programs to not only educate students but to get them
involved with social justice and the community. Some activi-
ties that occurred this year included Justice Under the Lights,
spring break mission trips to places such as Perry County,
New York, Louisville, Kentucky and various Habitat for Hu-
manity projects. Ministries also hosted a common meal and
Shiloh, a service to combine worship, scripture reading, art
Other activities for students included weekly visits to a
juvenile detention center and Ville Crew, where students have
the opportunity to play with children in Loveman's Village
every Saturday morning. Sophomore pre-med major Anna
Smith, who heads-up the Wednesday night trips to the juve-
nile detention center, said, "I really like the way UM networks
so many different things; it serves to cultivate intimacy with
God, a heart for the world, for justice issues and for the com-
munity of Birmingham. They help people find and live-out
their passions. It's just like Matt always says, 'Your greatest
passion meeting the world's greatest need.'"
Also included in UM's long list of programs this year were
some fine arts programs. Student Ministries Choir, In His
Hands, a ministry in which students use sign language to
interpret worship music, and Word Players, which reaches au-
diences through drama all were a major part of UM this year.
Another ministry that found a place at Samford Univer-
sity was Reformed University Fellowship, or RUF, which
was led by Jason Sterling and intern Blake Hodges. Those
with reformed theology found a home on Monday nights in
Samford's Flag Colonnade where the group had their weekly
meetings. RUF had much student involvement through
prayer, worship leading, set-up and publicity. Meetings in-
cluded some worship, scripture reading and a sermon by Ster-
ling, with fellowship afterwards downstairs in O'Henry's.
Sophomore math education major Amanda McPhail said,
"The small community has been a positive aspect. You can
be real with people and get to know them very well. Jason is
a very open approachable, honest person and his bible study
and sermons are conducive to spiritual growth." Other RUF
activities this semester included a Wednesday night freshmen bible study
at the Sterling home, two upper classmen studies at off-campus student
homes, a fall and winter retreat and an annual summer conference in
which other RUF groups attend from various Southeastern colleges.
Campus Outreach was another ministry that made its presence known
at Samford. . Campus Outreach met on Monday nights and provided
students with bible studies and a New Year's conference in Nashville, Ten-
nessee. It was also best known for its annual summer Beach Project. The
Beach Project allowed students to have a taste of the real, working world
and were taught how to manage their time and money and how to remain
firm in God in the midst of being in the real world.
Junior interior design major Laura Morello said, "Beach Project was
really cool because it let me experience an emotional high place with Jesus
in the day to day. I worked at Starbucks almost full-time and learned to
have a steady job and incorporate Jesus in it. I had never actively evange-
lized before and a lot of the people at Starbucks needed a good Christian
example." Ultimately Campus Outreach instructed students on "how to
make an impact on a community and evangelize while keeping Jesus first
in the midst of busyness," said Morello.
Samford students consider it a blessing to be a part of a school that pro-
vides multiple outlets for worship, service, prayer and ultimately knowing
God more. Whether a student's heart was for local missions or worshiping
through sign language, Samford provided an incredible number of outlets
Samford Ministries Choir
By Destiny Sona
Spread: Austin Richardson
Singing for the Lord and for others was not the only goal of Samford Ministries Choir this year.
They were by no means merely a singing group. The choir certainly made beautiful music, but its
focus was deeper than perfecting harmonies.
One of the verses that the choir adopted as its creed is Hebrews 10:24, "And let us consider one
another to provoke unto love and good works." As SMC local missions officer Rebekah Wood said,
"Samford Ministries Choir is a group of people who love to sing but are more concerned with show-
ing Christ to others any way that we can, whether it's through singing or other ministries."
Other ministries that SMC took on this year included fixing up Samford's missionary-in-residence
house, painting classrooms in Tarrant and service projects in Tennessee and Florida.
Samford Ministries Choir is still a choir by definition though and certainly performed its share
of concerts. This year, SMC made local appearances at First Baptist Church Sandusky, First Baptist
Church Birmingham, Westmont Baptist Church's Samford Day and New Beginnings Family Baptist
Perhaps the highlights of the year for SMC were the two service trips: mini and main tour. In the
fall semester, SMC members enjoyed three days in Nashville, Tennessee while on their main tour and
stayed at Forest Hills United Methodist Church. At the local Salvation Army, they helped organize
clothes so the store could better serve its customers. They also performed two concerts during their
During the first five days of spring break, SMC went on main tour in Tampa, Florida. Woodland
Baptist Church provided lodging for them and offered them opportunities to serve the communities
with several different service projects. These included painting at the Women's Club, general cleanup
at the Community Center in a low income area, volunteering at a Walk for Life, performing manual
labor at an Eagles Boys' Camp and even playing with the puppies at a training academy for seeing-
eye dogs. Who says community service can't be funv
Concerts on main tour were performed at Woodland Baptist Church and First Baptist Church
of St. Petersburg, as well as Sunnyside Manor and Freedom Village, two assisted living homes. After
the concert in Sunnyside Manor, members of SMC especially enjoyed ministering to the bedridden
patients by giving private concerts in patients' rooms and even performing some songs while walking
through the halls. "You could just tell how much it touched them that we would sing for them, but
it also touched us. Their faces are engraved on my heart," said choir director Allison Nygaard.
A second verse that is central to SMC is / Corinthians 12: 12-13, "For as the body is one, and hath
many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body." In order to celebrate its function as part of the
body of Christ, SMC encouraged bonding among its members. Throughout this year, choir socials
were hosted to bring members closer together. One of these was held at SoHo Sweets. In the words
of freshman Rebecca Glenn, these socials helped members to "have fun and build relationships as
well." The relationships that were built during practice and choir socials helped members to realize
their purpose as one body in Christ.
Samford Ministries Choir obviously broke the mold of a normal choir. With Hebrews 10:24 and /
Corinthians 12: 12-13 as its central creeds, it's apparent that SMC focused on more than hymns and
harmonies. Nygaard said, "Not only do we come together to sing, but we come together to connect
on a friendship level, a familial level and also on a spiritual level."
A Trip to Africa:
One Samford Student's Story
By Jessica Casto and Bob Miller
Photos: Bob Miller
Spread: Austin Richardson
From dodging riotting crowds to jumping cargo planes, se-
nior graphic design major Bob Miller saw and did it all while
in eastern Africa. Miller traveled to Kenya and Sudan with
cameras in hand during the Christmas break of 2007 to docu-
ment the stories of people who have been effected by Sudan's
civil war. The story he found was so important, he felt it had
to be documented and shared with all.
"I went to Kenya and Sudan with the intention of work-
ing with several indigenous pastors responsible for minister-
ing to communities that are repatriating to Southern Sudan.
Hundreds of thousands of displaced Sudanese are currently
in the middle of the long and arduous process of leaving
the refugee camps that have housed some of them for over
two decades to return to their home in the southern part of
"What makes the job of these pastors difficult is the dire
condition of the land (scorched earth tactics and other bru-
talities from years of civil war have left entire communities
decimated) and the low morale of the people. The Sudanese
have been battling their own government since independence
in the '50s, and they are now attempting to travel en masse
back home in order to vote for secession from the north in the
"My goal was to document the challenge these pastors
are facing through this process. Most of the pastors and their
families are Sudanese, but they are based in Nairobi, Kenya,
due to the displacement.
"When I arrived in Nairobi to meet with one of these
pastors and travel to Sudan, election violence surrounding the
rigging of the presidential votes erupted and put a halt to my
efforts to receive proper documentation for the trip to Sudan.
I was stranded.
"For the next two weeks I diverted my efforts to cover-
ing the story of the election riots on the ground, from Kibera
slum to the city center streets. I also followed the conditions
of the displaced.
"Two weeks into my trip I flew north to Lokichoggio,
a Kenyan town on the border with Sudan, where I visited
Kakuma refugee camp and jumped a cargo plane into Jaach,
Southern Sudan, where I stayed on the ground for a few
hours while supplies were dropped for a community of repa-
triating Sudanese there. Later that day, I came back on the
same flight, because I didn't have proper documentation to be
"I was in Kenya and Sudan for a total of about three and
a half weeks, but I intend to go back within the year to carry
out more of my original intentions with the story on the
Miller will have prints available for sale at Birmingham's
ArtWalk in September of 2008 to benefit Persecution Project
Foundation, the non-profit that is responsible for facilitating
the work of several of the Sudanese pastors. Miller will also be
showing a multimedia project based around interviews taken
from the subjects of the pictures.
To read the full story view a gallery of images from the
trip or find out more on how you can get involved helping the
subjects of the pictures, visit www.plusbob.com/kenya.
By Haley Aaron
Spread: Austin Richardson
You've probably seen the signs across campus advertising RUE Maybe you've seen the one placed
in Ben Brown Plaza on Mondays in the fall and remember that meetings begin at 8 p.m. Maybe you
have stopped and wondered what RUF was.
Samford's Reformed University Fellowship program is part of a string of campus ministries across
the nation. RUF is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church in America. The group encourages all stu-
dents to participate no matter what their religious or denominational preferences.
"Students from a wide variety of church and religious backgrounds are involved here at Samford,"
RUF campus minister Jason Sterling said.
Through participating in RUF, Sterling hopes students are able to develop a stronger personal
faith. "We believe that Christian life is not primarily about what we do, but rather who we are," he
said. "RUF is focused on helping students learn to live all of life in light of God's Word and his work
on their behalf."
RUF strives to be a biblically focused group, and Sterling said that this biblical focus is especially
important. "Our lives and relationships are better, more mature and more fulfilling when we are
being transformed and seriously affected by a real encounter with God's Word, which is the only
infallible rule of faith and practice," Sterling said. "It's primarily through the preaching of the Word
that Christians are equipped to think and live biblically and unbelievers are challenged to put their
faith in Christ."
RUF fosters community building and developing meaningful spiritual relationships between
students. "The Christian faith is not something that can be lived out alone," Sterling said. "God has
designed us to need fellowship for regular Christian growth."
Junior classics major Cole Farmer said that participating in RUF allowed him to meet many new
people. "I started going to RUF as a freshman, and so a good portion of the people there were up-
perclassmen," he said. "They were incredibly inviting people and very liberal with their friendship. I
looked up to them, and I feel that I learned a lot from them."
RUF holds weekly large group meetings on campus, and the group also hosts smaller group Bible
studies for freshmen and upperclassmen. During large group meetings, students come to sing hymns
and listen to a sermon.
Students can participate in either program or become involved with both programs. Sophomore
English major Anna Bedsole finds participating in both groups beneficial. "On Monday nights I get
to worship Christ and hear the Word of God. It's a good start to the week," she said. "Wednesday
provides the fellowship and discussion of the Bible that are also important in the Christian life."
While both the large and small groups help students find a sense of Christian community at Sam-
ford, Sterling said that the smaller groups are an important part of developing a sense of community.
Small groups typically consist of between eight and 15 students. During the fall semester, three
small groups met to discuss various topics. One freshman group was formed, while two Bible studies
for upperclassmen were held.
Through participating in the small groups, students are able to develop lasting relationships with
other students who participate in the group. "The small group played a vital part in connecting me
to a group of wonderful people." Bedsole said. "God has ministered to me most through giving me
friends who cry with me when I hurt and rejoice with me when I'm glad."
By interacting with others in groups such as RUF, Samford students have the opportunity to
meet other students and grow spiritually. "At RUF you will be challenged and encouraged and
pointed to Christ," Bedsole said.
Gamma Si^ma Si^ma
By Lindsey Vaughan
Photos: Courtesy of Gamma Sigma Sigma
Spread: Austin Richardson
Gamma Sigma Sigma puts a spin on the traditional idea of a sorority.
It is distinctive in that it is the only service sorority on campus. Its main
focus is bringing its members together to serve the community.
"Gamma Sig's goal is to foster a relationship between different girls and
encourage them to serve in the ways they've been called in order to reach
the community in a unique way," said junior biology and classics major
and Vice President of Service Kara Graves.
One of the unique ways in which Gamma Sig serves the community
happens on Halloween. Every year on October 31, the group shows the
community that Halloween can be about more than just costumes and
candy. The girls go trick-or-treating for canned goods which are then
donated to United Way. Trick-or-treating for cans was a fun tradition once
again this year.
Another service project that is important to Gamma Sigma Sigma is
its Christmas party for children in the underprivileged area of Titusville.
The sorority traveled to the Titusville Library in December to bring gifts,
play games and spend time with the children that live in the area. Graves
said that service opportunities like this end up impacting the members of
Gamma Sig just as much as they impact the people they're serving.
Gamma Sigma Sigma is always looking for new and unique ways to
serve. Last year, the group began what will undoubtedly be a new tradi-
tion. The members set aside one month to cook dinner for the Vestavia Fire
Department one night a week for the entire month.
"We feel so blessed to be able to serve local heroes here in our communi-
ty," junior elementary education major and President Megan Delaney said.
Also, Gamma Sig is becoming involved with more places in the com-
munity every year. This year, the members painted wagons and made
Christmas ornaments for the Birmingham Children's Hospital and also
helped with childcare for a local church.
In addition to community service, sisterhood is also something that is
very important to the sorority. The members made it a point to bond with
each other. They held a pledge bash, homecoming picnic, retreat, formal
and many other social events throughout the year.
"What I like about Gamma Sig is that it gives you the opportunity to
meet a lot of people that you wouldn't meet on campus otherwise," senior
history major Rebecca Kanter said. Junior journalism and mass communi-
cation major Anna Kaye Gilbreath agrees. "I've met a lot of really fun and
interesting girls that I can relate to," Gilbreath said.
The many opportunities to serve the community are something that
members of Gamma Sigma Sigma appreciate about their organization.
"Gamma Sig has allowed me to expand my view of ways to serve," junior
psychology major Megan Fitzpatrick said. The distinctive combination of
sisterhood and service is something that draws many of its members to
the group. "I decided to join because I was really looking for that bond of
sisterhood and the opportunity to serve," said junior family studies major
April Lambiotte. "Gamma Sig has given me both
of these things."
To its members, Gamma Sigma Sigma is
much more than just an activity to be involved
in during their years at Samford. "I'm now more
inclined to realize all of the opportunities there
are to serve," said Graves. "Because of Gamma
Sig, I know I'll never stop serving."
Habitat for Humanity: Building Lives
By Destiny Soria
Photos: Valerie Macon
Spread Austin Richardson
The Samford University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is an organization with a long
name, a big heart and a solid purpose.
Also known as Samford Habitat, this chapter partners with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit
Christian housing ministry, to build and renovate homes for families in need. Chapter President
Valerie Macon describes the mission of Samford Habitat as a mission to "raise awareness among Sam-
ford University students, faculty and other associates about the problems of substandard housing
and poverty in the greater Birmingham area. We also seek to provide opportunities for action to help
in the fight against substandard housing and homelessness, as directed by and in partnership with
the larger Habitat organization."
To accomplish this goal, the Samford Habitat crew, comprised of three officers, depends on the
help of individual and group volunteers. Scattered posters across campus bulletin boards depict a
colorful Lego house and the appealing slogan, "Come build your own house." This year, Samford
Habitat has graciously received help from numerous individuals as well as campus organizations
such as Sigma Chi, Reformed University Fellowship, Gamma Sigma Sigma, the Pharmacy School, the
Business Fraternity and the junior class of 2009.
On a typical Saturday, there is an average of 20 volunteers split into two shifts. Macon described
the schedule as follows: "On a normal Saturday, we meet in Pitman circle at 7:15 a.m.. drive out to
the worksite, which is generally in downtown Birmingham, sign-in at the site and find the site man-
ager. The site manager then delegates jobs to our volunteers, which can range anywhere from pulling
weeds or painting to putting up siding or roofing. Around 11:30 a.m., we drive back to Samford and
pick up our next group of volunteers at 12:15 p.m. and do it all over again."
While this doesn't sounds like a very typical way for a college student to spend his or her Satur-
day, Communications Coordinator Melanie Fox doesn't see Samford Habitat as all work and no play.
"A great thing about Habitat is that you can have fun with your friends and meet new people, all
while knowing that you are working for a good cause."
Even though building a house sounds like a task for professionals, volunteers need no prior expe-
rience — only a will to serve. As Fox explains, "A typical day at Habitat for Humanity is being able to
be flexible and willingly do whatever it is that they need you to do, whether it be putting up siding,
painting walls or hammering nails. Habitat is obviously a very hands-on type of community service."
This kind of "hands-on" community service definitely appeals to a wide range of people because
of its immediately gratifying results. "At the end of the day you can stand back and see with your
own eyes the results of the hard work you've done," said Fox.
This year, Samford Habitat helped with the construction and renovation of several homes in the
greater Birmingham area. It kept true to its fight against substandard housing and homelessness,
which are "morally, religiously, politically socially and economically unacceptable," says Macon. Per-
haps the best statement to show Samford Habitat's purpose was made by the founder of Habitat for
Humanity International, Millard Fuller, who said, "The vision is not to build for a few lucky families.
We are not 'Lottery for Humanity' We are building for everybody. The goal of Habitat for Humanity
is that everyone should have at least a simple, decent place to live." With the dedication of its officers
and volunteers, the Samford Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is achieving just that.
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AFROTC: Learning to be a Leader
By Rachel Bennett
Photos: Courtesy of AFROTC
Spread: Austin Richardson
Military training, undergrad classes and community service are just a
few of the things that make up the daily routine for cadets of AFROTC.
Samford's AFROTC, or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps,
division attracts students from all over the Birmingham area who go to
schools such as Montevallo, Milles College and the University of Alabama
at Birmingham. They gather at Samford to take courses and learn valu-
able leadership skills that will help them achieve their goals in the military.
Cadets from all walks of life and all majors make their way through the
program to graduate as second lieutenants. But schoolwork is not the only
thing AFROTC does.
Every year, the program hosts two huge bashes for its cadets, a casual
'combat dining in' in the fall and a formal 'combat dining out' in May. For
the members, the 'dining in' was a chance to catch up with old friends and
meet the new recruits for the coming year. While 'dining in' served as a
friendly sit-down dinner, 'dining out' was anything but.
Bravo Flight Commander Jacob Meins, a junior, describes the event as
"somewhere between a formal and a semiformal event for a fraternity or
sorority." He said that the custom started sometime around World War II
as a way to recognize new officers. This year,
the combat dining out was held in the Harvard
Center and eight second lieutenants were com-
missioned or completed the program.
Other events that happen regularly each
year are conferences and simulations. This year,
the corps held a mass casualty simulation in an
attempt to train cadets on how to react in crisis
situations. Meins participated as a victim and
said, "I looked like I had been in a really bad car
wreck." The goal was for AFROTC students to
react in a timely and appropriate manner to help
the victims of the simulation.
Behind the scenes of AFROTC is the Arnold
Air Society, a service fraternity for air force
cadets. The society is responsible for almost
all group service projects that AFROTC does
throughout the year, which is a lot. This year.
the members of Arnold Air Society participated in Habitat for Humanity, held fundraisers, participated with UAB for Into the
Streets, worked at soup kitchens and the Salvation Army and went with a group led by computer science professor Dr. Craig
Kawell to Perry County to help fix computers in public schools. For Physical Fitness Officer Jordan Anderson, the trip to Perry
County was his "personal favorite" and Communications Officer Jordan Gossett said that it was "nice knowing that we were
helping them out."
AFROTC and Arnold Air Society were important in shaping the lives of their members. A lot of people do not know that
once a cadet graduates from AFROTC, their training bases for the next few years are already assigned and most, if not all,
of their school tuition is paid for. "If I didn't hear about AFROTC in high school, I don't know what I would be doing now,"
Meins said. "Probably freaking out."
But skills and discipline were equally, if not more, important in impacting the cadet's lives than the perks of being in the
military. Alpha Flight Commander Sarah Beth Simms said, "Being in the Air Force definitely affected me; it taught me how
to be a leader." Because of her experiences in AFROTC. she has decided to become a nurse. Anderson said he joined AFROTC
because, "I have had a dream of being a pilot since I was two-years-old. It's something I have always really wanted to do."
AFROTC and its Arnold Air Society continue to be important to both Samford and the Birmingham community and will
continue to do so for many years to come through service and discipline.
Democrats Talk Politics
By Rachel Bennett
lllustraion and Spread: Austin Richardson
"Continuing to Grow" seems to be the unof-
ficial motto of Samford's College Democrats who
this year had higher active attendance than the
larger College Republicans. Maybe this is because
political platforms were shifting, or maybe it's
because more people were coming out of the
Democratic closet. One thing is for certain, how-
ever, the College Democrats organization was a
great way to get together and discuss important
issues while having fun.
Samford's Democrats met once a month at
different local restaurants where members could
relax and talk about political topics. These topics
ranged anywhere from healthcare to immigra-
tion and were usually predetermined. The group
decided not to endorse any candidate for presi-
dent until the Democratic National Convention
did so in June so that there would be no tension
between members. Because of this, Samford's
Democrats did not actively help out as a group
with any campaigning in Birmingham and stayed
To President Emily Holladay. the most im-
portant thing about the group was that people
could come together and make connections with
each other while discussing serious issues. "I like
getting together with the group and feeling like
I can say anything without being scorned," said
Despite a story published in The Samford Crimson and some common rumors, the Samford College Democrats have been
around for a very long time. Holladay says her father remembers there being a College Democrat organization on campus
before he entered Samford as a freshman in the 1970s.
This year, the group had about 40 members and almost all actively participated. Holladay is optimistic about the future
of the group. "It was also very nice to have a group this year that wants to grow and become more of a presence on campus.
We haven't really had that in the past," said Holladay. The College Democrats plan to become more involved in the Alabama
chapter of College Democrats in the coming year.
Samford Republicans Give Back
By Rachel Bennett
lllustraion and Spread: Austin Richardson
The College Republicans have a long history here at Samford, and they continued it this year in the wake of an upcoming
Claiming over 100 members this year, the College Republicans found themselves more active than in the recent past. The
group held two meetings a month, with an average of 20 to 30 people attending each meeting. Sometimes they had prominent
Republican Party members speak at their gatherings. Other times, it was to discuss volunteer work and normal group activities.
"This year is kind of us giving back," said President Lauren Howard, and the theme pervaded the group throughout the year.
In January they held a voter drive on campus to get more people registered and prepared to vote in the presidential primaries.
Also, they plan to host an informational display of sorts in October once everyone is back in school to educate students on
what each presidential candidate's platform is, whether Republican or Democrat.
In addition, the Samford Republicans did regular volunteer work and helped raise funds for the Alabama Republican Party.
These funds went towards people running for local and state office. During the summer, members of the College Republicans
were invited to the Red State Dinner, a big event where state Republicans all get together for an elegant meal and listen to a
guest speaker. This year's speaker of choice was John McCain, former senator from Arizona.
Howard said that her favorite part of being involved with the Samford Republicans this year was the excitement of the
members participating. "It's nice to see all the people getting involved in politics," said Howard.
Fun, Friends, Travel and Debate
By Callan Donoho
Spread: Austin Richardson
There is no debate. The mock trial and debate teams were a great way for students to show off their speech skills against
competing schools this year. Members had fun developing and perfecting their speeches and debates while they made friends
and went to scrimmages, invitationals and tournaments around the south.
Though the two teams are separate, they share a lot in common. Many people are members of both teams and both provide
excellent opportunities for members to improve their communication skills by debating issues with others.
Samford has had a mock trial team for about 10 years. Senior Lauren Wilson, co-captain of the mock trial team. said. "I
would say that mock trial is the best way that an undergraduate can learn how the trial process works." The team consists of
students who represent the different members present at a trial. Members serve in roles such as attorneys or witnesses for both
the prosecution and the defense. The students play "roles" during their competitions, and the goal is to win the trial. There are
lawyers and judges present judging the competitions.
Wilson said that those who play the role of attorney are members who usually have participated before. Witnesses, on the
other hand, "are people who are just really good at acting." Theater majors are often witnesses. Mock trial also helps students
become more familiar with how the court system works. Many political science majors and people interested in going to law
school are part of the team. There is actually a class that pre-law students take where they participate in the trials.
The mock trial team usually starts having invitationals. which are practice for regionals in the fall. This year, they went to
an invitational at Middle Tennessee State University. They also participated in scrimmages against local and regional schools.
In late February, regionals were sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford. This year, Keren McElvy
won an "All Region Witness" award. The team's ultimate goal is to go to nationals. However, competition on a national level is
very competitive and getting to nationals is extremely hard to do.
Along with the mock trial team, the debate team takes the art of speech and communication down a somewhat different
path. Members debate one on one instead of in a trial setting to try to prove their point of view. Many political science majors
along with pre-law majors get involved with the debate team.
Political science major Jayme Cloninger said, "I debate for the learning experience, because I know that I can apply every-
thing as a means to a goal like law school or maybe being a politician one day" Debate team members learn how to accurately
prove their point and debate in a successful and eloquent way. There is a nationally selected subject every year and each team
debates on the chosen topic all year. This year's theme was Middle East policy.
The debate team attended 15 tournaments this year. Their season started at Georgia State and was followed by tourna-
ments at Vanderbilt University, John Carroll University and the University of Florida. The team proudly won 1 st and 2 nd
speaker at the Florida tournament. Many different schools including Harvard University attended these events.
Anyone can join the debate team, but the participant's level of experience depends on what level he or she will debate. Sam-
ford's debate team ranges levels from novice to varsity and the team is more than willing to work with budding debaters.
The debate team has two main goals. First is to qualify for a national debate tournament, which debate team director Ryan
Galloway said is the equivalent of "qualifying for a bowl game." Second, they want to have a good national ranking. This year,
they were ranked 24 th in the country, which means out of all the schools in America the Samford debate team is ranked in the
top 30 schools in the nation.
Big Changes for The Samford Crimson
By Rachel Bennett
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson
"New faces but not so new places" was the unofficial
motto of The Samford Crimson during 2007-2008. An almost
completely new editorial staff and new technologies com-
bined to create an atmosphere of change and serious thought
for the paper's growth in the coming years.
This year of change and new ideas for the Crimson arose
due to one main unusual fact; the fact that most of the previ-
ous year's staff mysteriously disappeared into the unknown
void that lies beyond Samford's gates. They graduated. This
strange occurrence offered opportunities for many new
editorial staff members to get their hands on the Crimson to
gain practical publishing experience as well as bounce new
concepts off the blank paper before them.
"I've learned life lessons I'll carry with me forever," junior
Editor-in-Chief Bennett Sumner said. A lot of "trial and er-
ror" went on this year but to Sumner, that's "the great thing
about student publications." For her, "the newspaper has been
a great intro into the real world." The staff took full advan-
tage of the Crimson to make it the best that it could be while
learning in the process.
Possibly the biggest new feature in the works this year
were completely new layout designs. Five editors from the
Crimson took a trip to Washington, D.C. in December to see
what the professionals were up to. They looked at samples
from college newspapers around the country checked out
new publishing technologies and listened to what profes-
sionals who work in such publications as The Washington Post
Herald had to say. Not only did the editors come back with
new points of view for the sometimes dated Crimson, but they
came back closer as well. Sumner said the session was "really
good bonding time."
Another milestone for the Crimson was more online
capabilities. This year the Crimson was published in two
ways, both online and in print. But that is not all. People who
visited the Crimson's website might also have noticed that
tucked away within the site were additional stories that did
not make it to print.
Furthermore, the sports section attempted to host an
opinion sports blog on the site as well, but it faced some con-
troversy from the administration. The decision to let Chris-
topher Smith, a senior journalism major, link his sports blog
to the Crimson's site was still up in the air by mid-spring. This
of course was disappointing to a lot of people which included
Smith and Sports Editor Ben Hankins who was looking
forward to the blog because the print version of the Crimson
simply did not have enough room for much sports opinion.
For the Expressions section this year was also a time to
try out new things and new ways of reporting. Expressions
Co-editor Emily Leithauser, one of the few returning staff
members from the previous year, said that this year "we've
tried to do more personality profiles of people on-campus."
For her it was important for students to know those around
them. A completely new feature was sending reporters to
different areas of Birmingham and just having them hang out
the whole day. Then the writers would describe what they
did in each area so that Samford students could get a better
idea of the community around them.
The Samford Crimson covered some important and mov-
ing stories this year. One of the major stories that graced
the Crimson's pages this year included a moving story about
a University of Alabama student named John Millhouse.
Millhouse. who suffered from cerebral palsy, was huge fan of
Coach Pat Sullivan and attended every practice and game he
coached, even when Sullivan moved to Samford. For Coach
Sullivan, Millhouse was a source of encouragement and a
reason to keep coaching every day.
Another featured story this year followed the daily work
routines of Samford's campus safety. After publishing the findings in the
Crimson and asking what would happen if Samford was ever faced with
an emergency like the terrible shooting at West Virginia Tech. Safety Direc-
tor Bobby Breed implemented new security plans in case of an emergency.
New automated emergency text message and e-mail systems were installed
on campus along with other emergency protocols that did not exist before
the Crimson's story.
All in all. this year proved to be a training ground for many of the
Crimson's new staff. For some, the lessons learned were positive, for others
they were mixed. But one thing is certain: The Samford Crimson is as ever-
changing as the faces behind the pages.
Making a difference:
One performance at a time
By Melissa McBride
Spread: Austin Richardson
The Gospel Choir knows how to bring the love of Christ to Samford.
And they do it through song.
This year, the choir, led by President Ashley Flowers, gained close to 10
new members and lent its soulful spark to many campus events. During
both fall and spring semesters, the choir sang at several events here at Sam-
ford, including a performance during Homecoming weekend and a concert
held in December to celebrate the Christmas season. They also held a con-
cert at the end of the spring semester to commemorate the end of the year.
Flowers brought a much more spiritual emphasis to the choir this year
and decided that they should only sing biblically based songs. Along with
a new song repertoire, the choir added a devotional at the beginning and a
prayer at the end of each of its practices, which were held every weekday.
These sessions helped the group prepare for their performances on campus,
as well as their outreach projects.
The organization's outreach went beyond Samford students to include
students all around Birmingham. One example can be found in the youth
detention center. This center, found in downtown Birmingham, holds
a few hundred teenagers and younger who are entertained two to three
times a month by the Gospel Choir. After each performance, the choir
stayed and talked with those staying at the center to form relationships
and show God's love to them. At the end of fall semester, the choir even
had a special Christmas performance followed by a Christmas party with
When asked about visiting the youth detention center, freshman and
new member Allison Edmonson said, "After we performed, we would stay
and just hang out with the kids. We got to hear all their different stories
and really get to know them. It was so rewarding to just be able to listen
to their stories, and it was really great to be able to throw them a party at
Christmas." As another way of forming relationships with the teens, some
members of the Gospel Choir began to go to the center every Wednesday
to have Bible study.
Along with trips to the detention center, the Gospel Choir sang at
different churches in the community when invited and participated in
other various outreaches around Birmingham. With the Gospel Choir's
hard work and dedication to spreading the love of Christ throughout our
campus and our community the spirit of Samford remains alive and well
in this organization.
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A love of music brings people together
By Anna Pollock
Photo and Spread: Austin Richardson
For those who like to sing. University Chorale was the place to be.
The choir offered the opportunity to perform without the use of extraordinarily difficult music, so students who were not
familiar with reading music or being in a choir felt comfortable.
University Chorale this year was made up of 45, non-auditioned Samford students. The music was spiritual for the most
part and many of the songs incorporated a variety of instruments, such as the bagpipe or the harp. The choir also performed
many selections accompanied by the organ.
The ensemble allowed students with a passion for singing to belong to a choir without the major responsibilities and com-
mitments of other professional choirs at Samford. Members had the option of receiving a one hour credit for taking part in the
Chorale. Since all music majors have to earn an ensemble credit each semester, University Chorale was a great opportunity to
do something fun and get credit at the same time. Freshman member Molly Jones said, "University Chorale has given me the
opportunity to keep singing and performing, because I enjoyed it so much in high school. It has, also, been a great way to meet
new people and get involved in the Samford community."
Director Sharon Lawhon worked hard to maintain the high reputation of University Chorale. She emphasizes "transfer
of knowledge" in which she expects the students to use what they have learned in one piece of music in other pieces as well.
Dr. Lawhon is a master at giving specific instructions to help further the abilities of the choir. Her experience of hard work in
directing the choir was clearly reflected in all events that University Chorale was a part of.
The group performed at a number of Samford events during the year. Many events consisted of leading the congregation in
hymns at Convocation each week. The ensemble sang at Hanging of the Green during the holiday season and joined with the
A Cappella Choir, orchestra and band to perform a Christmas concert which brought Christmas spirit to Samford.
During the spring semester, University Chorale held a Vesper service to reflect the historic tradition of daily prayer by offer-
ing hymns of Scripture. The event was held in Samford's Hodges Chapel. Hymns, such as "Amazing Grace" featuring pianist
Herbert Williams, an a cappella piece "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" accom-
panied by violinist Christina Gonzalez, filled the chapel. The choir not only displayed their wide ranges of talent, but also put
on a wonderful evening of gathering together to worship the Lord. University Chorale member Adrienne Brown finished the
evening with a resounding solo to "My God Is So High." The service displayed the outstanding talent of University Chorale at
Samford University as well as the values it holds.
By Mary Nelle Hall
Photo and Spread: Austin Richardson
This year's A Cappella Choir certainly needed no accom-
paniment to put on a truly amazing show. The pure voices of
its members produced a sound that was more beautiful than
that of any musical instrument.
While most Samford students spent their spring break
lying on the beach, the A Cappella Choir toured across the
south, representing the university with their voices. The choir
kicked off their tour in Huntsville at the Alabama All-State
Choral Festival. From there, they continued the tour by trav-
eling to Knoxville, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky.
On March 18, the choir had the privilege of performing at
the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. On the stage
of the Ryman, the choir met up with Billy Horton, a banjo-
playing Samford Alumni. Horton performed solo as well as
joining in with the choir to perform a rendition of "Cindy," an
American folk song. Horton also made a guest appearance at
the choir's homecoming concert in Reid Chapel. He played a
solo piece and shortly after, the "A Cappella Band" and mem-
bers of the choir joined in singing and dancing, engaging the
audience in their bluegrass hoedown.
Bluegrass was not the only style of music the A Cap-
pella Choir perfected. Their repertoire also included more
traditional hymns and spirituals. The choir sang every thing
from "Signet dem Herr nein neues Lied" by Johann Bach to
What's even more impressive about this choir is that it's
not only comprised of music majors. Acceptance is based
solely on competency demonstrated in an audition. Business
management, international relations, religion, family studies,
biology and political science majors are all represented within
this diverse choir.
Timothy Banks, Professor of choral music and conduct-
ing, conducts this gifted group. He is only the fifth conductor
of the choir since its founding in 1939. Banks is very pleased
with the talent of the group and the progress they are mak-
"The choir has had an unbroken tradition of excellence in
choral music for all of these years, with national and inter-
national tours, recordings and media presentations that will
soon include appearances on YouTube and iTunesU," said
The group finished recoding three CDs that should be
released in the summer of 2008. President Brittany Stillwell
Krebs and Vice President Mary Catherine Stone also lead the
Talent is not the only thing that makes this choir so
unique. When talking to freshman Quincy Price about the
three-state tour, he didn't immediately mention the music or
the thrill of singing on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium,
but rather the "sense of family" in the choir. He said while on
the tour, he felt like he "grew friendships, opened up musi-
cally and most importantly, shared in Christian fellowship."
It was clear at the homecoming concert that this sense
of family has continued from generation to generation. At
the end of the show, the current members of the choir were
joined by alumni. Mothers, daughters, friends and family
crowded together on the risers to sing the final hymn. As they
came together, it was evident that the Samford A Cappella
Choir is a talented group with a rich history that is here to
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Alpha Phi Omega:
A fraternity not just for men
By Haley Aaron
Spread Austin Richardson
Alpha Phi Omega breaks through the ''Samford Bubble" to reach out to the community. From working to build houses with
Habitat for Humanity to volunteering with groups such as Relay for Life and Hands on Birmingham, the fraternity's goal was
to make a difference.
Alpha Phi Omega, or APO, is a national service fraternity. Samford's APO chapter was initially founded in 1941. Several
current Samford professors and staff were involved in the organization as students, including English Professor Dr. Roderick
Davis, Religion Professor Dr. James Barnette, Art Department Chair Dr. Lowell Vann, Geography Professor Chris Labosier and
Technology Services Network Group Director Glenn Schneider. Samford trustee John C. Pittman was one of the founding
members of the organization.
However, Samford's APO chapter became co-ed for the first time this year. As a result, the organization has grown signifi-
cantly larger. APO President and sophomore religion major Kris Roberts said membership has grown from 15 members to 40.
While most of APO's activities support the Birmingham community, some service projects reach outside the city. This year,
the group raised money to buy Christmas gifts for troops serving in Iraq. Members raised enough money to purchase a portable
DVD player along with other gifts and much needed items such as phone cards. "This was a very worthwhile project as it
gave back to the men and women who are serving our country away from home." said APO treasurer and junior biology major
For many students involved in APO, the most rewarding part of participating in the group is seeing how their efforts help
those in the community. For freshman psychology major Hannah Wilhoite, one of the best experiences was watching a home
being built through Habitat for Humanity. "You can watch the progress over time of everyone's hard work and can really get to
know the people you are helping," she said.
While APO is structured like most fraternities, the group serves primarily as a service organization, not a social group. "I
joined because I was looking for another outlet to do service projects," Roberts said. "I was already involved with my fraternity
and a few other groups, but APO put service as their top priority, and I really appreciated and respected that.''
By reaching out to the community, APO members also receive valuable lessons. "Members in Alpha Phi Omega learn valu-
able leadership skills and teamwork skills, and through our service, we give back to the campus, community and nation," Beard
Membership in the group is open to any Samford student who wishes to serve. APO can help anyone at Samford find what
they are best at while also helping others," Wilhoite said. "It is a great way to help serve the community and get involved on
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2008 Senior Survey Continued
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him go through the movie SAW.
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-Drinking an alcoholic beverage dur-
-Talking to a friend about his love for
-I stood up on a table and sang a
Backstreet Boys' song out loud.
-Eating Shepard's pie - ewww!
-There's no casual dating, but
somehow everyone gets married.
-Perhaps convo or visitation.
-"Dude, that's awesome!"
-Don't be afraid to explore outside
-Get involved in many different
-Don't stomp it out with your boots.
-Ability to compromise.
-Chill, laid back.
-Enjoy every minute.
-"Tnis too shall pass..."
-Go to convo.
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-Spanish with Sr. Moore
-Dr. Barnette for BP
-Some of my professors.
-That guy I had a crush on all four
-Lots of people in my graduating
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In 20 years, what do you think
you will miss most about
Describe your Samford experience
in one word.
"Wake Up" by Rag.
-Anything by New Found Glory
-"Rockaway - probably listened to it
-"Umbrella" by Rhianna
-"Single Again. . .back on the prowl"
-Love is a Battle Field"
-Is grass more important than educa-
-What's the purpose of censoring
-Where does all of the money go that
Campus Safety collects from tickets'?-
-More accepting of people different
-Have grown mentally and spiritually.
-Walking across campus in the spring.
My parent's money.